Brandon McCarthy stole the show. Yet, it wasn't without a valiant fight and nearly as impeccable of an outing from the Astros' Dallas Keuchel.
The difference? One inning. McCarthy did not have a bad inning, only truly getting threatened once in the seventh before emerging unscathed. For Keuchel, outside of the second inning, he was essentially flawless. It's just that he had that second inning in which he gave up three hits and three runs.
"I feel like I pitched just as good as McCarthy, but he was better today," Keuchel said.
McCarthy needed only 107 pitches to get through the full nine innings. Keuchel needed only 96 pitches to finish his eight-inning complete game. Neither walked a batter.
"I could've been a little better in the second inning and that just proved to be the game," Keuchel said. "It was just a bad sequence (in the second). (Mark) Teixeira hit a ball through the shift. I thought (Martin) Prado hit a pretty good pitch of mine and then (Chase) Headley got his first hit (of an) outer-half fastball since he's been a Yankee. I couldn't ask for any better pitches. That's just the quality of those guys. They beat me that second inning."
His manager agreed.
"Dallas Keuchel, don't take anything away from him, he was outstanding today," Bo Porter said. "It was a pitching duel. Obviously, their guy was a little bit better than our guy, but overall, both pitchers did a tremendous job.
"(Keuchel) looked like he was in complete command the whole time," Porter added. "Even in that inning when he gave up the three runs, it's not like those were bad pitches. So, he did a tremendous job."