Dallas Keuchel looks like an ace on Opening Day
Dallas Keuchel looked the part of a staff-ace in his first Opening Day start of his career, as the Houston Astros beat the Cleveland Indians 2-0 last night at Minute Maid Park. Keuchel pitched seven scoreless innings scattering three hits and striking out four batters in the Astros third consecutive Opening Day win.
The game featured two stud pitchers, one in the 27 year-old Keuchel, and the other, reigning Cy-Young Award winner Corey Kluber, who went 7.1 innings allowing both runs on only three hits, while striking out seven Astros.
Kluber had a no-hitter going into the sixth inning, until Jose Altuve hit a bloop-single into center field. On the next pitch, Altuve stole second easily, picking up where he left off in 2014 when he led the MLB in stolen bases with 56. Two pitches later, second-year outfielder George Springer hit a shot into the left-center gap that easily scored Altuve for the games first run. Springer was thrown out over-running first base and getting caught in a pickle heading for second.
The Astros new acquisition, and recently announced closer Luke Gregerson, was able to go one-two-three in the ninth inning for his first save of the season. The series picks up on Wednesday as the Astros will start veteran Scott Feldman against the Indians Carlos Carrasco. The Indians do not want to lose their first series of the season, pressure could mount after Sports Illustrated picked them to win the World Series in 2015.
Dan Schalk is the head writer for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @ffsportstalk