Thursday, June 14, 2018
Yankees 1998 Tracker: Game 64
From now until the end of the season, we will be tracking the progress of the Yankees with their 1998 World Championship team that won 114 games in the regular season.
Through 64 Games:
Thursday night: Yankees 4, Tampa Bay 3
The Yankees got a strong outing from Domingo German and home runs from Aaron Hicks and Gleyber Torres to beat the Rays, 4-3, on Thursday night.
German gave up a home run to Matt Duffy on the very first pitch of the game, and then settled in to go six innings, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks, with 10 strikeouts, a career high.
The Yankees got on the board in the fifth when Aaron Hicks led off the frame with a solo home run, and followed by the big blow from Gleyber Torres, who hit a three-run shot to make it 4-2 at the time, and that wound up being the game-winning hit.
June 17, 1998: Yankees 5, Baltimore 3
Andy Pettitte threw a gem, and outdueled Mike Mussina, to lead the Yankees past the Orioles.
The Yankees got on the board in the first inning when Darryl Strawberry hit a three-run homer, and then Joe Girardi hit a solo shot in the fourth to make it 4-0.
Rafael Palmeiro homered in the bottom of the fourth to get Baltimore on the board, and then after the Yankees got that run back in the top of the sixth, Joe Carter hit a solo shot to make it 5-2 Yankees.
Baltimore got a run on a sacrifice fly from Cal Ripken in the ninth off Mariano Rivera, who worked out of trouble to earn his 14th save of the season.
Pettitte went 7 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on six hits and two walks, with three strikeouts, to earn the win and improve to 8-5 on the season.
Mussina went six innings, allowing five runs on eight hits and three walks, with two K's, to drop to 5-4 on the season. Mussina joined the Yankees in 2001, and spent eight years in New York, and capped off his career with a 20-win season in 2008.
Where they stand: The 2018 Yankees (44-20) are four games off the pace of the 1998 team, which was 48-16 through 64 games.