|Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez.|
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 91 Games:
Wednesday night: Yankees 9, Orioles 0
The Yankees took control of the game in the third inning when Giancarlo Stanton had an RBI single, followed by a grand slam from Greg Bird that made it 5-0.
That was all Yankee starter Sonny Gray needed, as he avenged two bad outings by throwing six shutout innings, allowing just three hits and a walk, with eight strikeouts. He is now 6-7 on the season.
July 18, 1998: Yankees 10, Toronto 3
The Yankees jumped out to a 3-1 lead early, and started to pull away with two in the seventh, with one coming on a Bernie Williams solo home run that led off the frame.
The big blast came in the eighth when Tim Raines launched a grand slam that made it 9-1.
Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez got the win to improve to 4-2, as he went seven innings, allowing one run (a Carlos Delgado home run in the second inning) on six hits and three walks, with seven K's.
Where they stand: The 2018 Yankees (60-31) remain eight games off the pace of the 1998 Yankees, who were 68-23 through 91 games.