Thursday, May 24, 2018
Yankees 1998 Tracker: Game 46
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 46 Games:
Wednesday night: Texas Rangers 12, Yankees 10
The Yankees lost their second straight in Texas on Wednesday night, 12-10, to the Rangers.
The Yankees jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first, with two of the runs coming on a Didi Gregorius home run. Neil Walker hit a solo shot in the third to make it 4-0.
Texas came back against Yankee starter CC Sabathia with five in the bottom of the fourth, on a two-run shot from Nomar Mazara, and a three-run blast from Ronald Guzman.
The Yankees roared back with six in the fifth, started by an Austin Romine RBI single, followed by a three-run blast from Gleyber Torres, and a two-run shot from Aaron Judge to make it 10-5.
For Torres, that was the third straight game he hit a home run, and he is now the youngest player ever to achieve that feat.
Texas got a pair in the bottom of the fifth, and then put up four in the sixth, with the big hit coming from Jurickson Profar, who had a three-run double to make it 11-10.
Texas got an insurance run in the eighth to make it 12-10, and their bullpen - Alex Claudio (who earned the win, now 2-2 on the season, Jose Leclerc, Chris Martin, and Keone Kela (who notched his 10th save) - held the Yankees to just one hit and no walks, with six strikeouts, over the final four innings of the game.
May 27, 1998: Chicago White Sox 12, Yankees 9
The White Sox jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second against Yankees starter Ramiro Mendoza.
The Yankees roared back in the third, as three runs came in on an error on a hit by Paul O'Neill, and Bernie Williams followed with a two-run shot to make it 5-2.
Chicago came back with three against Mendoza in the bottom of the third, which knocked Mendoza from the game, and in the fourth, Albert Belle hit a three-run blast off Willie Banks to make it 8-5.
Bernie Williams kept it going, as he had an RBI single in the fifth, and then in the sixth, after Paul O'Neill had an RBI double, Bernie had a two-run triple to give the Yankees a 9-8 lead.
Chicago tied it in the bottom of the sixth, as Mike Caruso got an RBI single off Jeff Nelson, and then in the seventh, with Nelson still in there, Chicago got a run on a passed ball, followed by a Frank Thomas RBI double, and then Ray Durham came home on a wild pitch to make it 12-9.
Chicago relievers Bill Simas and Matt Karchner shut down the Yankees in the eighth and ninth to close out the win.
Where they stand: With the loss in Texas, the 2018 Yankees (31-15) remain four games off the pace of the 1998 Yankees, who were 35-11 through 46 games.