Written by Liz Charre, Staff Writer
Tuesday marked the first day of the 2015 postseason with a wild card game between the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees. Winner will face the Kansas City Royals in the AL division series. Stakes were set high for both teams. The Yankees made their postseason appearance without Derek Jeter, and Houston made the postseason for the first time since 2005. Houston, with having back-to-back years losing over a hundred games, came into this season with goals of making the postseason, and today was the first step in reaching the goal of moving forward into the division series.
Though New York had home field advantage, Houston was not going down without a fight. Houston’s starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel, with only three days of rest, was going to face the ultimate Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka. With dominant performances by Keuchel Houston, they came out on top in the second inning with a solo home run by Colby Rasmus. Then in the fifth inning Carlos Gomez hit a shot to give an insurance run for the Astros. However, Houston wasn’t done in the top of the seventh. Jose Altuve, the American league leader, hits singles and gave the Astros a 3-0 advantage. From there on it was lights out for the Yankees. Astros went on to win 3-0 and are going to face the World Series runner-up, Kansas City Royals. Probable starters for that game will be Collin McHugh, who had 19 wins this season for the Astros, and Kansas City will go with Yordano Ventura. The first game of this series will be Thursday evening in Kansas City. Will the Astros be successful as they were today? Tune in on Thursday for Game 1 of the ALDS.