Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Yankees 1998 Tracker: Game 70
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 70 Games:
Tuesday night: Yankees 7, Seattle 2
Domingo German earned his second straight win with another amazing outing, as he went seven innings, allowing just one run on two hits and no walks, with nine strikeouts.
The Yankees used the long ball in this one, starting with Giancarlo Stanton's solo home run in the bottom of the first inning to tie it at 1.
In the fifth, Miguel Andujar and Aaron Hicks each had two-run homers to give the Yankees a 5-1 lead, and Gleyber Torres put it away with a moon shot to deep left field in the eight to make it 7-2.
June 23, 1998: Atlanta 7, Yankees 2
The Yankees got on the board in the bottom of the first inning when Derek Jeter hit a solo homer off Atlanta starter Tom Glavine, but it was all Braves after that.
Atlanta tied it in the second on a Michael Tucker RBI single, and in the third, Keith Lockhart had an RBI single to make it 2-1 Braves.
The Braves kept it going in the fourth, when Ozzie Guillen and Curtis Pride were each walked with the bases loaded to force in runs, and Chipper Jones had a two-run single to make it 6-1.
That was it for Yankees starter Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez, who went just 3 2/3 innings, allowing six runs (three earned) on six hits and four walks, with five strikeouts. This was El Duque's first loss, and his record dropped to 2-1 with a 2.30 ERA.
Tom Glavine got the win for Atlanta to improve to 10-3 on the season, as he went eight innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and two walks, with a strikeout.
The Yankees dropped to 51-19, and Atlanta earned their 51st win in this one. The interesting thing is Atlanta's record was 51-26, as they played seven more games than the Yankees at that point in the 1998 season.
Where they stand: The 2018 Yankees (48-22) gained a game on the 1998 Yankees, who lost their 70th game and their record dropped to 51-19. The 2018 Yankees are three games off the pace of the 1998 team in the quest for 114 wins.