Astros outlast Yankees on Opening Day
NEW YORK– In frigid temperatures, it took Houston Astros ace Dallas Keuchel a few innings to get hot. After allowing two runs while walking four batters in three innings, he didn’t allow another run over the next four frames earning his first win of the 2016 campaign.
Starlin Castro’s two-run double in the second inning snapped Keuchel’s 29-inning scoreless streak against the Yankees, but New York could only muster three total hits against the reigning Cy-Young award winner.
It was 27 degrees when batting practice began, and there were tiny ice crystals on the infield from a morning watering. The temperature rose to 36 with a stiff wind and a cloudless sky at game time, the coldest for a regular-season Yankees game in the Bronx since their 2003 home opener.
Starting his third season with the Yankees, Masahiro Tanaka allowed two runs and four hits in 5 2/3 innings. He started the game strong against the free-swinging Astros, but as soon as they began to show patience, Tanaka began to struggle.
Astros shortstop Carlos Correa was the star of the game, going 1-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. He tied the game at two with a solo shot off of Tanaka in the sixth inning, and was a demon on the base-paths with two stolen bases.
Things got testy in the eighth inning when Carlos Correa reached on an eighth-inning dribbler that Dellin Betances threw over first baseman Mark Teixeira as Jose Altuve scored the tie-breaking run. Yankees manager Joe Girardi argued with plate umpire Dana DeMuth that Correa should have been called out for running on the fair side of the foul line, causing Betances (0-1) to throw the ball over Teixeira for an error.
After the four umpires conferred, the call was upheld and Girardi played the remainder of the game under protest. Luis Valbuena added a two-run single on Betances’ 30th and final pitch for a 5-2 lead.
- Houston’s Tyler White, a 33rd-round draft pick in 2003, pinch hit in the seventh and singled in his big league debut. He was hit on the right hand by the first pitch of Johnny Barbato’s major league career and had to leave the game early.
- The Yankees outfield combined to go 1-for-11 at the plate
- Keuchel had 4 walks, only one time did that happen in 2015 (June 20th)
- At 36 degrees it was the coldest Opening Day in Astros history and tied for their second-coldest game in all-time history.
Collin McHugh (19-7) is scheduled to start for the Astros on Wednesday night against New York’s Michael Pineda (12-10).