Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Yankees 1998 Tracker: Game 35

From now until the end of the season, we will look at where the 2018 Yankees stand against the 1998 World Championship team that won 114 games in the regular season.

Through 35 Games:

2018: 25-10

The Yankees beat the Red Sox 3-2 on Tuesday night at The Stadium, as Luis Severino turned in another great outing.

Severino went six innings, allowing two runs on six hits and no walks, with 11 strikeouts.

Giancarlo Stanton hit a pair of home runs to give him nine on the season, and Aaron Judge got the game-winning hit in the seventh inning, a single with the bases loaded that broke a 2-2 tie.

David Robertson relieved Severino in the seventh and earned the win to improve his record to 3-1.

The Yankees have now won 16 of their last 17 games to improve to 25-10 and tie Boston for first place in the American League East.

1998: 26-9

May 15, 1998, Twins 7, Yankees 6

In the 35th game of the 1998 season, Eric Milton earned the win for the Minnesota Twins against the Yankees and Andy Pettitte in a battle of lefties at The Stadium.

Minnesota jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first on a sacrifice fly from Paul Molitor and an RBI single from Marty Cordova.

The Yankees came back in the bottom of the second, as Scott Brosius got a two-run double followed by an RBI single from Derek Jeter to take a 3-2 lead.

In the top of the third, Cordova was at it again, as he got a two-run double followed by a two-run homer from Ron Cooper to make it 6-3 Twins.

In the bottom of the sixth, in what would be Milton's last batter, Chad Curtis hit a two-run shot to make it 7-5 Minnesota.

Jeter led off the bottom of the seventh with a home run off Mike Trombley to get the Yankees within one, but that was all they would get.

Greg Swindell came in after the Jeter homer and retired the next three in order, and stayed on to pitch the eighth and kept the Yankees off the board.

Twins closer Rick Aguilera, who pitched for the Mets in the late '80s,  retired the top of the Yankees order - Chuck Knoblauch, Jeter, and Paul O'Neill - in succession to earn his eighth save of the season at that point. Aguilera had 38 saves in 1998, but a record of 4-9 with a 4.24 ERA.

Where they stand: The 2018 Yankees are just one game off the pace of the 1998 team.

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