Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Yankees 1998 Tracker: Game 51
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 51 Games:
2018: Yankees: 34-17
Tuesday night: Yankees 6, Houston Astros 5
The Yankees battled back from a 5-2 deficit and tied it in the bottom of the ninth on a two-run homer from Brett Gardner.
They won it in the tenth on a Gleyber Torres RBI single.
CC Sabathia got the start, and battled through five innings, allowing five runs (three earned) on eight hits and two walks, with four strikeouts, and the Yankee bullpen allowed just two hits in the final five innings of the game.
Aroldis Chapman earned the win by pitching a scoreless tenth.
June 1, 1998: Yankees 5, Chicago White Sox 4
The Yankees lived up to their Bronx Bomber nickname in this one, as Jorge Posada and Chad Curtis had solo home runs, and Tino Martinez hit a two-run shot to stake them out to a 4-1 lead.
Albert Belle got a run back for Chicago when he hit a solo shot in the top of the sixth against Ramiro Mendoza, and Robin Ventura got a two-run double off Mariano Rivera in the eighth to tie it at 4.
The Yankees won it in the bottom of the tenth when Tim Raines worked out a two-out walk, and scored on a double by Chad Curtis.
Where they stand: The 2018 Yankees (34-17) remain four games off the pace of the 1998 team (38-13) in the race for 114.