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 79 Games:
Friday night: Yankees 8, Red Sox 1
The Yankees used the long ball to perfection in this one, as Greg Bird had two solo home runs, and Aaron Judge and Miguel Andujar each had two-run homers.
CC Sabathia had a great outing, as he went seven innings, allowing just one run on six hits and a walk, with five strikeouts, to earn his fifth win of the season. His record is now 5-3 and he lowered his ERA to a superb 3.02.
July 3, 1998: Yankees 3, Orioles 2
The Yankees got on the board first in this one against Baltimore's Mike Mussina, as Paul O'Neill had a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first to make it 1-0.
Baltimore responded against Yankee starter Andy Pettitte in the third when Mike Bordick got a sacrifice fly and B.J. Surhoff had an RBI double to make it 2-1.
The Yankees tied it in the bottom of the fourth when Chad Curtis had a solo home run.
It stayed that way until the ninth when the Yankees manufactured a run against Baltimore reliever Jesse Orosco. Curtis singled, was bunted over to second by Dale Sveum, stole third, and scored on a game-winning single from Scott Brosius.
Pettitte got the win to improve to 10-5 as he went the full nine innings, allowing two runs on four hits and six walks, with four strikeouts.
Mussina went 7 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and a walk, with nine K's before Orosco relieved him in the eighth.
Where they stand: The 2018 Yankees (53-26) remain six games off the pace of the 1998 team, which was 59-20 through 79 games.