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]

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.

2015 American League Wild Card Game
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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
DateOctober 6, 2015
VenueYankee Stadium
CityThe Bronx, New York
Managers
UmpiresTed Barrett (crew chief), Eric Cooper, Paul Emmel, Bill Miller, Chris Conroy, Manny Gonzalez
Attendance50,113
TelevisionESPN
TV announcersDan Shulman, John Kruk, Jessica Mendoza, Buster Olney, and Tim Kurkjian
RadioESPN
Radio announcersDave O'Brien and Aaron Boone

Background

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 score

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 summary

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]

References

  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.

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2005 National League Championship Series

The 2005 National League Championship Series (NLCS), the second round of the 2005 National League playoffs, matched the Central Division champion and defending league champion St. Louis Cardinals against the wild card qualifier Houston Astros, a rematch of the 2004 NLCS. The Cardinals, by virtue of having the best record in the NL during the 2005 season, had the home-field advantage. The Astros won the series four games to two, and became the National League champions; they faced the American League champion Chicago White Sox in the 2005 World Series, where the Astros lost to the White Sox in a sweep in four games.

The Cardinals and Astros were victorious in the NL Division Series (NLDS), with the Cardinals defeating the West Division champion San Diego Padres three games to none, and the Astros defeating the East Division champion Atlanta Braves three games to one. St. Louis manager Tony La Russa, who won AL pennants with the Oakland Athletics in 1988–89–90 and the NL flag in 2004, fell short in his bid to become the first manager in history to win multiple pennants in both major leagues, although he did so in 2006 and again in 2011. The NLCS also closed with the last game ever played at St. Louis' Busch Stadium (II), which the Cardinals departed after 40 seasons.

2005 World Series

The 2005 World Series was the championship series of Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2005 season. The 101st edition of the World Series, it was a best-of-seven playoff between the American League (AL) champion Chicago White Sox and the National League (NL) champion Houston Astros; the White Sox swept the Astros in four games, winning their third World Series championship and their first in 88 seasons. Although the series was a sweep, all four games were quite close, being decided by two runs or fewer. The series was played between October 22–26, 2005.

Home-field advantage was awarded to Chicago by virtue of the AL's 7–5 victory over the NL in the 2005 MLB All-Star Game. The Astros were attempting to become the fourth consecutive wild card team to win the Series, following the Anaheim Angels (2002), Florida Marlins (2003) and Boston Red Sox (2004). Both teams were attempting to overcome decades of disappointment, with a combined 132 years between the two teams without a title. The Astros were making their first Series appearance in 44 years of play, while the White Sox had waited exactly twice as long for a title, having last won the Series in 1917, and had not been in the Series since 1959, three years before the Astros' inaugural season.

Like the 1982 World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Milwaukee Brewers, the 2005 World Series is one of only two World Series in the modern era (1903–present) with no possibility for a rematch between the two opponents, because the Astros moved to the AL in 2013. However, the Brewers did meet the Cardinals in the 2011 NL Championship Series. The Astros would return to the World Series in 2017 as an AL franchise, where they would win in seven games against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

2015 New York Yankees season

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This was the Yankees' first full season in over twenty years without team captain and shortstop Derek Jeter, who retired at the end of the 2014 season. In addition, the Yankees retired the jersey numbers of center fielder Bernie Williams (51), catcher Jorge Posada (20), and pitcher Andy Pettitte (46) during the season; doing so brought the total amount of retired numbers to 20, for 22 different players.

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