On short rest for the first time in his career, Astros ace Dallas Keuchel needed support. Run support, yes, but perhaps more importantly framing support behind the plate if his command suffered due to the extenuating circumstances surrounding his start.
Keuchel got both as the Astros earned a 3-0 win over the Yankees in the American League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser to move on to the AL Division Series against the Royals. The run support was fast and fleeting in the form of two first-pitch home runs, but Jason Castro's pitch framing lasted throughout Keuchel's six-inning scoreless stint.
Chandler Rome is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.