The Yankees’ surprisingly strong spring and stellar summer didn’t translate into any fall success as New York lost, 3-0, Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium and was eliminated from the postseason. In the first post-Jeter season, the Alex Rodriguez redemption tour was the main attraction all year long, but much like the Yankees as a whole, A-Rod fell flat in the wild card game against Houston. When the Yanks had Astros starter Dallas Keuchel on the ropes in the sixth inning Tuesday, A-Rod’s fly out to center ended the threat. A-Rod also struck out in the ninth.
The young Astros jumped ahead early as Colby Rasmus golfed one into the Stadium seats in right on the first pitch he saw from Masahiro Tanaka in the second inning. Carlos Gomez also went yard off of Tanaka, his homer traveling 424-feet over the left field wall.
Tanaka was good but not great in his first MLB postseason game, working five innings while allowing four hits and two earned runs. He struck out three batters on 83 pitches.
Dellin Betances, meanwhile, pitched decidedly poor as he was beat up by Houston in the seventh inning. Jose Altuve’s slap RBI single to left with two outs in the seventh brought in Jonathan Villar and put the Astros up, 3-0.
The Astros will move on to face the Royals in the ALDS, which begins on Thursday.