Saturday, May 19, 2018
Yankees 1998 Tracker: Game 42
From now until the end of the season, we will be tracking the progress of the Yankees against the 1998 World Championship team that won 114 games in the regular season.
Saturday night: Yankees 8, Royals 3
The Bronx Bombers lived up to that moniker in this one, as they pounded out five home runs, including a pair from Gary Sanchez.
Gleyber Torres' three-run homer in the fourth made it 5-2 Yankees at the time, and Sanchez's were solo shots, one in the seventh that made it 6-3 and in the ninth that made it 8-3.
Luis Severino got the win to improve to 7-1, as he went six innings, and allowed three runs on eight hits and a pair of walks with six strikeouts. He threw just 77 pitches, 57 of which were strikes.
Chad Green, Dellin Betances, and Aroldis Chapman pitched an inning each, combining to strike out four, and allowing just one hit and a walk.
May 23, 1998: Yankees 12, Red Sox 3
David Wells earned the win in this one, the first start after his perfect game on May 17, 1998 against Minnesota.
Wells went seven innings, and allowed three runs on five hits and a walk, with five strikeouts, to improve to 6-1 at the time.
The Yankees gave him a nice lead to work with early, as they got to Boston starter Derek Lowe in the second inning. Chad Curtis had an RBi single, followed by a Chuck Knoblauch grand slam to make it 5-0.
That grand slam chased Lowe from the game, and they kept it going against John Wasdin.
Scott Brosius had a two-run double in the top of the third, followed by a Jorge Posada RBI groundout in the fourth to make it 8-0 Yankees.
Darryl Strawberry had a pair of RBI doubles later in the game, as he had one in the seventh that scored Derek Jeter to make it 11-3, and another in the ninth to make it 12-3.
Where they stand: The 2018 Yankees (29-13) are three games off the pace of the 1998 team, which was 32-10 through 42 games.