Astros Defeat Yankees in AL Wild Card Game

The 2015 American League Wild Card Game will probably go down as one of the more forgettable postseason games of all time.

Unless you’re a Houston Astros fan, of course.

If not, sleeping through the game and checking the score afterwards would’ve been just as good as watching it live. A lifeless New York Yankees lineup was no match for Dallas Keuchel, and solo home runs by Colby Rasmus and Carlos Gomez powered the Astros to a 3-0 victory.

In front of an electric, sold-out Yankee Stadium crowd, Masahiro Tanaka struck out the first two Astros batters he faced and got Carlos Correa to fly out to end the top of the first.

That would be the highlight of the Yankees’ night, for once Keuchel took to the mound, it was game over.

Keuchel danced around a Chris Young walk in the second and a two-out single by Greg Bird in the third and didn’t face any further trouble until the sixth. With two outs and runners on first and second, Keuchel ended his night by getting Alex Rodriguez to fly out to center on the first pitch of the at-bat.

Tanaka, on the other hand, only made two mistakes all night, but they both ended up in the seats — Rasmus and Gomez launched home runs to lead off the second and fourth innings, respectively. The $155-million man was done after the fifth inning.

The Astros tacked on a run in the seventh, when Jose Altuve poked an RBI single into left field off of Dellin Betances.

The Yankees’ quest for a 28th World Series Championship ends before it could even begin. Though they did make the playoffs for the first time since 2012, don’t you dare tell a Yankee fan that it was a successful season.

The Astros, of course, advance to the American League Division Series, where they will face the defending AL champion Kansas City Royals. Game 1 is Thursday night at Kauffman Stadium, and after defeating Tanaka and the Yankees at Yankee Stadium, who can’t the Astros beat?

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