Friday, May 18, 2018

Yankees 1998 Tracker: Game 41

From now until the end of the season, we will be tracking the progress of the current Yankees with the 1998 World Championship team that won 114 games in the regular season.

Through 41 games:

2018: 28-13

Friday: Kansas City Royals 5, Yankees 2

Since Sunday, the Yankees only played six innings of baseball, in Tuesday's suspended game in Washington. They entered Friday night without having a result in five days, a very unusual stretch during the regular season in baseball.

Kansas City jumped out to a 3-0 lead on CC Sabathia in the first three innings, as they got a run on a Salvador Perez fielder's choice in the first and then a pair in the third, one off an error and a bases -loaded walk.

Perez homered in the fifth to make it 4-0 Kansas City, and the Yankees got two of them back in the sixth as Neil Walker had an RBI single and Miguel Andujar hit a sacrifice fly.

In the bottom of the seventh, Perez was at it again, as he got an RBI double to make it 5-2 and that sealed the win for the Royals.

1998: 31-10

May 22, 1998 - Boston Red Sox 5, Yankees 4

The Yankees jumped out to a 4-0 lead against Red Sox starter Tim Wakefield, as Bernie Williams hit a three-run home run in the fourth inning and Tino Martinez had an RBI triple in the sixth.

Boston got on the board in the sixth against Yankees starter Ramiro Mendoza on an RBI groundout from Darren Bragg.

In the seventh, Troy O'Leary led off the inning with a homer off Mendoza, followed by Jason Varitek getting an RBI double. Later in the inning, with Mike Stanton on for the Yankees, Darren Bragg got a two-run single to give Boston a 5-4 lead.

Boston got through the eighth with a bullpen trio of Jim Corsi, Ron Mahay, and Tom Gordon.

Gordon stayed on for the ninth, and retired the Yankees in order to earn his 18th save of the season, and he finished the year with 46. He went on to pitch for the Yankees in 2004 setting up Mariano Rivera.

Boston improved to 29-16 at the time, four more games than the Yankees played to that point, just as they have this season.

Where they stand: The 2018 Yankees (28-13) are three games off the pace of the 1998 team, who was 31-10 through 41 games.

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