Roger Schlueter

Stats of the Day: Astros blank Yanks

Stats of the Day: Astros blank Yanks

Here are four interesting items from the 2015 American League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser …

• The visiting Astros defeated the Yankees, 3-0, for their first postseason victory since beating the Cardinals in Game 6 of the 2005 National League Championship Series. It improved Houston's record in a winner-take-all contest to 2-3. Previously, the franchise's only win had come in Game 5 of the 2004 NL Division Series, when it defeated the Braves. The losses had come in 1980 (Game 5, NLCS), 1981 (Game 5, NLDS) and 2004 (Game 7, NLCS). The loss dropped the Yankees' all-time postseason record in winner-take-all contests to 12-12.

Date Result
Oct. 6 HOU 3, NYY 0

Dallas Keuchel tossed six scoreless innings and became the first Astros starter to allow no runs in a winner-take-all postseason game. Overall, he is the 23rd pitcher to start a winner-take-all postseason game, allow no runs and come away with a win. The first of these was Babe Adams in Game 7 of the 1909 World Series. The most recent had been Madison Bumgarner, who hurled a four-hit shutout in the 2014 NL Wild Card Game. Of these 23, 15 of them have been delivered by a pitcher making this start on the road. Keuchel became the 22nd postseason starter to go on the road against the Yankees and emerge from that start with no runs allowed, joining Johnny Podres and Lew Burdette as the only ones to do it in a winner-take-all contest.

Keuchel's scoreless start

• The Yankees have played 379 postseason games. This loss marked the sixth time they had been blanked on three or fewer hits. The first five came against: the Braves in Game 4 of the 1958 World Series (two hits, a complete game by Warren Spahn); the Giants in Game 2 of the 1962 World Series (three hits, a complete game by Jack Sanford); the Dodgers in Game 3 of the 1963 World Series (three hits, in a complete game by Don Drysdale); the Diamondbacks in Game 2 of the 2001 World Series (three hits, in a complete game by Randy Johnson); and the Rangers in Game 3 of the 2010 AL Championship Series (two hits in an eight-inning start by Cliff Lee).

• At 21 years and 14 days old, Carlos Correa became the youngest Astros starter in a postseason game (22-year-old Richard Hidalgo, in the 1997 NLDS, had been the youngest). Correa's age in the AL Wild Card Game also marks the eighth youngest for a starting shortstop in a postseason game. The Giants' Travis Jackson holds down the seven younger slots, with starts as a 20-year-old in every game of the 1924 World Series.

Roger Schlueter is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.