|David Wells in 1998.|
From now until the end of the season, we will be tracking the progress of the Yankees with their 1998 World Championship team, which won 114 games in the regular season.
Through 47 Games:
Friday night: Yankees 2, Los Angeles Angels 1
The Yankees beat the Angels 2-1 on Friday night in a pitchers' duel between uis Severino of the Yankees and the Angels' Andrew Heaney.
The Yankees got on the board in the second inning when Gleyber Torres got an RBI on an infield single that scored Didi Gregorius, and Aaron Hicks was thrown out at the plate.
The Angels tied it in the fifth on a solo home run from Mike Trout.
In the seventh, Torres did it again, as he homered off Jim Johnson to make it 2-1 and seal the win for the Yankees.
Severino went six innings, allowing one run on four hits and four walks, with five strikeouts.
Chad Green got the win, as he pitched a scoreless seventh inning, and Aroldis Chapman earned his 10th save of the season.
May 28, 1998: Yankees 8, Boston 3
The Yankees, led by David Wells, beat Tim Wakefield and the Red Sox in this one.
The Yankees jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first, as Paul O'Neill had an RBI double, then scored on a throwing error when he stole third base.
Darryl Strawberry made it 3-0 Yankees with a solo home run in the third inning.
Boston got a run back in the top of the fourth when Jim Leyritz led off the frame with a homer to make it 3-1 Yankees. Leyritz played 52 games with Boston before being traded to San Diego, where he played 62 games and helped them make the World Series.
In the bottom of the fourth, Wakefield's knuckleball cost him. With Derek Jeter up, Luis Sojo came in on a wild pitch, and Chuck Knoblauch came in on a passed ball to make it 5-1.
in the fifth, Mo Vaughn hit a two-run homer off Wells, and Jorge Posada got a solo shot of his own against John Wasdin to make it 6-3.
The Yankees got a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth on an O'Neill sacrifice fly, and Jeter scored when Strawberry reached on an error.
Wells got the win to improve to 7-1 on the season, as he went seven innings, allowing three runs on ten hits and a walk, with five strikeouts.
Wakefield went just 3 1/3 innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits and four walks, with two strikeouts, to fall to 6-2 on the season.
Where they stand: The 2018 Yankees (32-15) are four games off the pace of the 1998 team, which was 36-11 through 47 games.