Krauss went 0-for-4 at the plate and made a throwing error in right field in the Astros' 14-6 loss.
Krauss had a chance to shake out the nerves the last two days. He pinch-hit in each of the first two games of the series for his first and second big league at-bats, going 0-for-2. Astros manager Bo Porter dropped a few hints that Krauss might start at some point during this series, but nothing was set in stone. With Chicago right-hander Jeff Samardzija on the mound, Porter said it was the right time to insert Krauss' left-handed bat in the lineup.
The rookie grew up an Indians fan in Deshler, Ohio, but visited Wrigley with his parents when he was young. His mom, dad, wife, two brothers, their wives and a host of friends made the trip to Chicago for the series. He excitedly texted his family to inform them of the good news after walking into the clubhouse and seeing his name in Sunday's lineup.
"It's a dream come true, to be honest," Krauss said. "It's one of the most iconic places you can think of. When you think Major League baseball, you think of Wrigley and Fenway, the history and tradition of these places. To be able to start here with the atmosphere they have, especially with these day games on the weekends, it's pretty awesome. It's pretty close to home, as well."
Krauss becomes the third Astro on the current roster to make his first start at Wrigley Field. Sunday's starter Jordan Lyles and Saturday's starter Bud Norris both had their first career outings within the friendly confines. Krauss was called up on Thursday after Houston placed Trevor Crowe on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder.
"It's been great," Krauss said. "It's been a truly memorable experience and hopefully I'll have some more memories to remember after today."
Ethan Asofsky is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.