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October 7 - This Date in Astros History
October 7 - This Date in Astros History
October 7

2004 - A two-run homer in the 11th by Rafael Furcal off Dan Miceli gives Atlanta a 4-2 decision over Houston in Game Two of the N.L.D.S. to tie the best-of-five series. The Braves outlast Roy Oswalt then attack the bullpen late. Solo homers by Jeff Bagwell and Raul Chavez give the Astros their only runs.
2001 - Shane Reynolds wins his 100th game as an Astro and it comes at the best possible time. He drops St. Louis, 9-2, to claim Houston's fourth division title in five years . Richard Hidalgo blasts a two-run homer in the second off Darryl Kile and the Astros never look back . While the two clubs share 93-69 records, the Astros claim the title by winning nine of 16 head-to-head matchups.
1985 - Bob Lillis is fired as manager of the Astros. The former infielder is 276-261 in just over three seasons at the helm.
1981 - Denny Walling delivers a bases-loaded single in the 11th inning for a 1-0 triumph over the Dodgers at the Astrodome. Joe Niekro, Dave Smith and Joe Sambito combine for the shutout. The victory puts the Astros ahead, 2-0, in their five-game divisional series. Like the year before, Houston needs to win just one of three in Los Angeles to advance to the N.L.C.S.
1980 - The first post-season game in Astros history is a 3-1 loss in Philadelphia in Game One of the N.L.C.S. Houston gets the first run when Gary Woods singles off Steve Carlton to score Jose Cruz. A two-run bomb by Greg Luzinski off Ken Forsch puts the Phillies ahead to stay.

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Date      Opp      Result
9/01      SEA      L 7-5
9/02      SEA      L 8-3
9/03      off        --
9/04      MIN      W 8-0
9/05      MIN      L 3-2
9/06      MIN*     W 8-5
9/07     @OAK*    L 10-9
9/08     @OAK      L 4-0
9/09     @OAK     W 11-5
9/10      off        --
9/11     @ANA      L 3-2
9/12     @ANA      L 3-2
9/13     @ANA*     W 5-3
9/14     @TEX      L 5-3
9/15     @TEX      L 6-5
9/16     @TEX     L 14-3
9/17     @TEX      L 8-2
9/18      OAK      L 4-3
9/19      OAK     W 10-6
9/20      OAK*     W 5-1
9/21      ANA      W 6-3
9/22      ANA      L 4-3
9/23      ANA*     L 6-5
9/24      off        --
9/25      TEX      L 6-2
9/26      TEX      W 9-7
9/27      TEX*     W 4-2
9/28     @SEA      W 3-2
9/29     @SEA      L 6-4
9/30     @SEA      W 7-6
10/1      off        --
10/2     @ARI     W 21-5
10/3     @ARI      W 6-2
10/4     @ARI*     L 5-3
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10/6     @NYY      W 3-0
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10/8     @KC        ----
10/9     @KC*       ----
10/10     off        --
10/11     KC*       ----
10/12     KC        ----
10/13     off        --
10/14    @KC        ----
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Houston Astros recap - 10/07/15 - Keuchel, 'Pen Blanks Yanks, 3-0
Keuchel, 'Pen Blanks Yanks, 3-0
Astros Travel To KC For LDS

Gomez gets a group hug
(c) Associated Press
Behind the facade of superiority that the Yankees naturally carry was a look of desperation. They knew they were Dead Team Walking. A roster loaded with heavy salaries and over-the-hill arms and legs knew their wobbly season would be put out of its misery as soon as they realized Dallas Keuchel was not going to be denied. The Mets had that look when Mike Scott took the mound in 1986 and now it was the Yankees' turn to squirm at the sight of a post-season ace.

Working on three-days' rest, the lefty with the House of David hair spun six innings of three-hit ball and received timely relief from the bullpen to put a 3-0 exclamation point on their own post-season worthiness.

Yankee starter Masahiro Tanaka did not pitch poorly but he allowed two monster first-pitch shots to Colby Rasmus and Carlos Gomez that was more than enough cushion for this night. Jose Altuve flicked an RBI single in the seventh for insurance but the bullpen of Tony Sipp, Will Harris and Luke Gregerson had everything firmly in control with three innings of hitless relief.

The veteran Rasmus belted a low inside fastball halfway to Connecticut in the second to give Keuchel an early lead. Gomez doubled that lead with a laser into the Yankee bullpen.

Keuchel did not allow any Yankee past second base and his biggest out was the last one - getting Alex Rodriguez to fly out harmlessly with two on in the sixth.

After a travel day Wednesday, the Astros open their first LDS since 2005 and their first as American Leaguers on Thursday in Kansas City in what might be dubbed The Cinderella Series.

The Royals were the underdog darlings last season after a couple of decades of woeful ineptness. This year, the Royals have the best record in the league while the Astros will be the ones with nothing to lose.

Head-to-head, Houston won four out of six and lost another in extra innings. I don't think they'll be intimidated. They may also be a little chippy since it was the Royals who broke George Springer's wrist and put him out for two months. Kansas City has been known to pitch a little too close inside and have had a few scraps with other teams over it.

Although the Astros have not revealed their rotation plans, all signs point to Collin McHugh (19-7) starting Game 1 for Houston. Yordano Ventura (13-8) will pitch for Kansas City in the 6:35 Central opener. While the starting pitchers won't wow you, their bullpen certainly will and any close games in the late innings would favor the Royals. The Astros will need to strike early so as not to be ground down by the firemen at the end.

Keuchel's next game will likely be Sunday afternoon for Game 3 at home if you are interested in getting tickets.

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Keuchel owns troll after Astros wild-card win - Fansided
Keuchel, Astros’ bats power Houston past Yankees - Sports Illustrated
Astros built a winner on a budget - Forbes
Can Astros dethrone Royals? - Sporting News
How the Astros rode bat flips to a wild-card victory over the Yankees - Yahoo Sports
Keucheldominates as Yankees skid into winter - New York Times
Keuchel, Astros look like playoff vets in eliminating Yankees - USA Today
Astros, Keuchel own the moment that passes Yankees by - ESPN
Gomez has his N.Y. moment, powers Astros to ALDS - USA Today
Houston has no problem eliminating Yankees - Wall Street Journal
Astros' Taylor Swift concert tweet comes full circle after wild-card win - Fox Sports
Betances still allows run in Yankees’ 3-0 loss to Astros - New York Daily News
Astros stick to script, ride Keuchel and homers to wild-card win over Yankees - Sporting News
Dallas Keuchel and two home runs power Astros past Yankees - Yahoo Sports
Houston, we have no problem: Astros advance, 3-0, over Yankees - ESPN
Keuchel, Astros knock Yankees out of postseason - Reuters
In matchup of team of future and team of past, it's no contest - CBS Sports
Breakdown of the Royals vs. Astros in the regular season - Kansas City Star
Orange crush: Astros blank Yankees to win wild card game - Associated Press
Yankees make the playoffs, forget to show up in loss to Astros - ESPN
Keuchel dominates Yankees, sending Astros soaring into ALDS - The Guardian
Astros-Royals matchup chock-full of similarities - Astros.com
Dallas, Houston KO Yankees - Astros.com
Running wild: Gomez makes presence felt - Astros.com
Keuchel dazzles; Yanks exit stage lefty - Astros.com
Astros turn to McHugh in ALDS opener - Astros.com
Villar's steal helps put Yanks away - Astros.com
Astros shut out Yankees, advance to AL Division Series vs. Royals - Houston Chronicle
McHugh brings his 19 wins to Kansas City to open ALDS - Houston Chronicle
In big spot, Keuchel delivers once again for Astros - Houston Chronicle
Five things to know about the Royals - Houston Chronicle
Five reasons why the Astros beat the Yankees - Houston Chronicle
Duffy’s spot on Astros roster a special moment in Bronx - Houston Chronicle
Springer gets his chance at Yankees Stadium - Houston Chronicle
Lowrie on bench for wild-card game after a trying season - Houston Chronicle
Keuchel, 'Pen Blanks Yanks, 3-0
- Astros Daily
At 21, Correa is already a star - Sports Illustrated
What the world was like the last time the Astros made the playoffs - Houston Chronicle
Right place, right time for Hinch's Astros - San Diego Union-Tribune
Keuchel, Astros still have something to prove against Yanks - Associated Press
Root for the Astros in the playoffs - Deadspin
Astros-Yanks ready to get wild - Associated Press
Astros announce roster for Wild Card Game - Astros.com
A-Rod on Dallas Keuchel: ‘He’s a handful’ - Houston Chronicle
Yankees go with 8-man bullpen for wild-card game - Houston Chronicle
Astros go with nine pitchers on wild-card roster; Matt Duffy makes it, too - Houston Chronicle
Girardi won't reveal lineup vs. Astros early - New York Daily News
Meet the powerful, ‘all or nothing’ Houston Astros - New York Post
Like Hinch says, Astros' best is good enough - Houston Chronicle
Astros’ slow rebuild is coming to fruition - Houston Chronicle
Astros and Yankees both claiming the 'underdog' role - Fox Sports
Keuchel owns the Yankees this season - New York Daily News
Bright lights, big city await Houston Astros - ESPN
The curious case of Evan Gattis and all those triples - USA Today
Keuchel is OK with pitching on short rest - New York Newsday
Astros' veterans provide a guiding light - Houston Chronicle
Young vs. Old: Upstart Astros look to knock off once-mighty Yankees - Hartford Courant
Good karma is coming to the Astros - Houston Chronicle
5 short-rest lessons for Keuchel to live by - Astros.com
Astros' Core Four ready for postseason debut - Astros.com
Astros wild-card roster: Emphasis on matching up with Yankees - Houston Chronicle
Keuchel prepares for the uncharted waters of postseason play - Houston Chronicle
Astros’ farm system’s director has a hazy future with the organization - Houston Chronicle
Gomez expected to start against Yankees - Houston Chronicle
Photos: Astros prepare for Wild Card game at Yankee Stadium - Houston Chronicle
Reggie Jackson likes what he sees in Carlos Correa - Houston Chronicle
If Astros beat Yankees, would face Royals at 6:37 p.m. Thursday - Houston Chronicle
Family of Angel Cory Rasmus, Astro Colby Rasmus, is a house divided - Los Angeles Times
Astros won with pitching, defense, home runs - ESPN
Rangers jab at second-place Astros - Fox Sports
Astros barely shake off the curse of Taylor Swift - Houston Press
Wild-card Astros taking party to New York - New York Post
Yankees could have a problem against Astros' ace Keuchel - New York Daily News
Yankees must find a way to solve Keuchel - New York Newsday
Innocence is a virtue for young Astros - New York Times
Astros celebrate first playoff berth since 2005 - Sports Xchange
Astros have arrived, how far can they go? - Fox Sports
Rangers clinch AL West, immediately mock the Astros - SB Nation
Yankees to host Astros despite late stumble - Wall Street Journal
Astros celebrate return to postseason - Astros.com
Astros headed to New York for Wild Card Game - Astros.com
Keuchel to face Tanaka on short rest in Bronx - Astros.com
After 10-year absence, Astros back in postseason - Astros.com
Altuve reaches 200-hits mark - Astros.com
Astros earn AL wild card berth for first playoff appearance since 2005 - Houston Chronicle
Root Sports apologizes for on-air profanity during Astros’ celebration - Houston Chronicle
Altuve collects 200 hits for second season in a row - Houston Chronicle
Gomez says he’ll be ready for Yankees - Houston Chronicle
Keuchel ready for first playoff start - Houston Chronicle
Yankees to go with Tanaka in wild card game - Houston Chronicle
Short rest shouldn’t hamper Keuchel much - Houston Chronicle
Astros Lose, Advance To Wild Card
- Astros Daily
Preview: Astros at Diamondbacks - Sports Xchange
Astros win, can clinch playoff spot Sunday - Sports Xchange
Diamondbacks can't find much offense, lose again to Astros - Associated Press
Astros, AL West take wild ride to final day of season - USA Today
Astros-Diamondbacks preview - Associated Press
Astros can lock up postseason spot with win - Astros.com
Astros have West title, Wild Card both in play - Astros.com
Astros' win sets up wild final day - Astros.com
3-team tiebreaker still in play for Astros, Rangers, Yanks - Astros.com
McHugh reaches 19 wins - Astros.com
Rasmus takes pride in 25-homer mark - Astros.com
Lance McCullers gets the call for game No. 162 - Houston Chronicle
Astros rout Diamondbacks again, guarantee themselves at least tiebreaker - Houston Chronicle
The final day: Astros’ playoff scenarios - Houston Chronicle
Castro deals with quad injury while contributing defensively - Houston Chronicle
Luhnow stands by deadline deals with mixed results - Houston Chronicle
Carlos Correa and Francisco Lindor are neck-and-neck in Rookie of the Year race - Houston Chronicle
Astros Make The Playoffs - Sort Of
- Astros Daily
Why the Astros cannot clinch playoffs tonight - House of Houston
For Altuve and the Astros, it was worth the wait - Today's Knuckleball
Springer doing his best to keep Astros playing into fall - USA Today
Houston Astros - TeamReport - Sports Xchange
Astros can clinch tie for second AL Wild Card - Astros.com
Astros score franchise-record 21 runs as Dallas Keuchel notches 20th win - Yahoo Sports
Houston Astros - TeamReport - Sports Xchange
Astros stay alive in AL West race, Keuchel notches 20th win - Sports Xchange
Preview: Astros at Diamondbacks - Sports Xchange
Astros-Diamondbacks preview - Associated Press
Keuchel leads Astros in rout of Diamondbacks, close in on playoffs - USA Today
Astros hold steady in AL wild card race - Yahoo Sports
Keuchel wins 20th game as Astros set franchise runs record in rout - Associated Press
For blind Astros fan, game comes alive on radio - Houston Chronicle
McHugh hopes to punch Astros' postseason ticket - Astros.com
Astros can clinch WC with win and Angels loss - Astros.com
Astros plate 21, stay in Wild Card driver's seat - Astros.com
Keuchel joins elite with 20th win - Astros.com
Astros, Correa enjoy record-setting night - Astros.com
Sore Gomez out of Astros' lineup again - Astros.com
21-run salute: Astros break franchise records in 21-5 win at Arizona - Houston Chronicle
Breaking down the Astros’ playoff scenarios - Houston Chronicle
Keuchel should take AL Cy Young with 20 wins, manager says - Houston Chronicle
Correa breaks Astros’ rookie home run record - Houston Chronicle
Qualls’ career comes full circle with season ending in Arizona - Houston Chronicle
Gomez limited again with intercostal strain - Houston Chronicle
Astros Blackjack Snakes, 21-5
- Astros Daily
Preview: Astros at Diamondbacks - Sports Xchange
Astros home runs may save season - Today's Knuckleball
After an amazing 159, it's time for Astros to finish job - Houston Chronicle
Astros clinch would be triumphant return for Hinch - USA Today
Astros have only themselves to blame if they miss the playoffs - Outside Pitch MLB
With 3 games left, Astros up 1 for WC spot - Astros.com
Astros control postseason fate entering final set - Astros.com
With chance to clinch, Hinch comes 'full circle' - Astros.com
Astros hope weekend isn't season's final test - Astros.com
Smart deal win-win for Cubs, Astros - Astros.com
Breaking down the Astros’ playoff scenarios - Houston Chronicle
Astros have had their share of memorable regular-season finishes - Houston Chronicle
No DH for final series leaves Evan Gattis in limbo - Houston Chronicle
Scouting report: Astros at Diamondbacks - Houston Chronicle
Keuchel, Correa finalists for Players Choice awards - Houston Chronicle
Miller’s misstep leads to Mariners’ 7-6 loss to Astros - Bellingham Herald
Gomez more or less in disbelief after game-ending double play heroics - Fox Sports
Astros make rotation decisions for crucial final series vs. Diamondbacks - Fox Sports
Undeterred Astros in position to finish job - MLB.com
Gattis' feet producing unusual modern feat - Astros.com
Breaking down the Astros’ playoff scenarios - Houston Chronicle

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