Minute Maid Park was full of electricity as the Astros welcomed top prospect Alex Bregman and the New York Yankees to town. The Yankees and starting pitcher Michael Pineda spoiled Bregman's debut in a 2-1 win over Houston.
Bregman hit the ball hard and flashed the leather in his first major league but he couldn't find a hit in his first game -- going 0-for-4 on the day. Bregman snared a grounder from Mark Teixeira off the chalk line at third in the second and finished with a strong throw to first. Bregman just missed a grand slam in the sixth inning, only to have Aaron Hicks casually grabbing the ball on the warning track.
The Astros were first on the board in Monday's game. George Springer rocked the first pitched he faced and deposited a ball the opposite field for his 22nd home run of the season.
Houston missed an another chance in the second inning to score. Luis Valbuena singled and moved up two bases on two wild pitches. But Carlos Gomez struck out to end the inning and kept Valbuena at third.
The Yankees tied the game in the fifth inning. Didi Gregorius doubled to center and scored on a Chase Headley single.
New York appeared primed to get a second run across after Carlos Correa opened the seventh inning with a double. But Keuchel struck out Starlin Castro, Teixeira, and Gregorius to end the threat.
Through seven innings, Keuchel had allowed one run on four hits while walking none and striking out five. The wheels came off in the eighth inning.
Headley led off with a single and scored on an Austin Romine double over the head of Gomez. Kechuel and Luke Gregerson stranded Romine at third base.
The Astros appeared to get a runner on with one out in the eighth inning against Dellin Betances -- who replaced Pineda after seven innings one-run baseball. But Dana DeMuth called back-to-back high strikes against Jose Altuve for a strikeout on a 3-2 count -- Altuve wasn't thrilled with the call and spoke with DeMuth. It was rare outburst for Altuve.
Houston appeared gifted with another chance as pinch-runner Jake Marisnick was called safe on a double-play turn -- upon review of the replay on TV, it showed the second baseman Starlin Castro wasn't on the bag when he caught the throw from Chase Headly.
It was all for not as the next batter, Carlos Gomez, grounded into a game-ending double play.