Open main menu

2015 American League Wild Card Game

The 2015 American League Wild Card Game was a play-in game during Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2015 postseason played between the American League's (AL) two wild card teams, the New York Yankees and the Houston Astros. It was held at Yankee Stadium on October 6, 2015.[1]

2015 American League Wild Card Game
2015ALWClogo.png
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Houston Astros 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 3 5 0
New York Yankees 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Date October 6, 2015
Venue Yankee Stadium
City The Bronx, New York
Managers
Umpires Ted Barrett (crew chief), Eric Cooper, Paul Emmel, Bill Miller, Chris Conroy, Manny Gonzalez
Attendance 50,113
Television ESPN
TV announcers Dan Shulman, John Kruk, Jessica Mendoza, Buster Olney, and Tim Kurkjian
Radio ESPN
Radio announcers Dave O'Brien and Aaron Boone

The Astros defeated the Yankees, 3–0. It was the Astros' first playoff win since Game 6 of the 2005 NLCS and their first ever victory in a winner-take-all postseason game. With the Yankees eliminated, all four remaining teams in the 2015 ALDS were expansion teams.

Contents

BackgroundEdit

The Yankees clinched a wild card berth on October 1,[2] while the Astros clinched a wild card berth on October 4, the final day of the regular season.[3] The Yankees hosted the game, as they finished the regular season with a better win-loss record. This was the Astros' first postseason appearance as an AL team, and first overall since 2005, while the Yankees appeared in the postseason for the first time since 2012. As such, this was the first postseason meeting between the Astros and the Yankees.[4]

Box scoreEdit

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Houston Astros 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 3 5 0
New York Yankees 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
WP: Dallas Keuchel (1–0)   LP: Masahiro Tanaka (0–1)   Sv: Luke Gregerson (1)
Home runs:
HOU: Colby Rasmus (1), Carlos Gómez (1)
NYY: None

Game summaryEdit

Houston's Dallas Keuchel struck out seven batters and allowed only three hits in six innings of work. The Astros' bullpen then retired nine of ten Yankee batters for the victory.[5] The Astros were paced offensively by leadoff home runs by Colby Rasmus in the second inning and Carlos Gómez in the fourth, as New York starter Masahiro Tanaka struggled to find command of his pitches.[6] Tanaka lasted five innings, striking out three.[7]

Houston's José Altuve scored Jonathan Villar from second base in the seventh inning against Yankee reliever Dellin Betances, the final run of the game.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Newman, Mark (September 24, 2015). "2015 Postseason Schedule". mlb.com. MLB Advanced Media, LP. Retrieved October 1, 2015.
  2. ^ Witz, Billy (October 1, 2015). "Yankees Hold On to Clinch Wild Card". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved October 1, 2015.
  3. ^ Dunsmore, Ryan (October 4, 2015). "2015 MLB Playoffs: Astros clinch American League Wild Card spot". sbnation.com. Vox Media, Inc. Retrieved October 6, 2015.
  4. ^ Lemire, Joe (October 6, 2015). "AL wild card capsule: Astros vs. Yankees". USA Today. New York City: Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc. Retrieved October 6, 2015.
  5. ^ "Dallas Keuchel, Astros shut out Yankees to advance to ALDS". ESPN News Services. New York City: ESPN Internet Ventures. Associated Press. October 7, 2015. Retrieved October 7, 2015.
  6. ^ Hoch, Bryan; McTaggart, Brian (October 7, 2015). "Dallas, Houston KO Yankees". mlb.com. MLB Advanced Media, LP. Retrieved October 7, 2015.
  7. ^ Witz, Billy (October 7, 2015). "Astros' Dallas Keuchel Dominates as Yankees Skid Into Winter". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved October 7, 2015.
  8. ^ Lemire, Joe (October 7, 2015). "Dallas Keuchel, Astros look like playoff vets in eliminating Yankees". USA Today. New York City: Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc. Retrieved October 7, 2015.

External linksEdit