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 95 Games:
Sunday: Cleveland 5, Yankees 2
The Yankees got an early lead when Aaron Hicks got an RBI single in the third inning, followed by a Neil Walker solo home run in the fourth.
Cleveland tied it in the bottom of the fourth inning on a two-run shot from Edwin Encarnacion.
The game remained tied at two as Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer went seven innings, and they turned to starter Carlos Carrasco, who pitched a perfect eighth.
With Yankee reliever Chad Green on in the eighth after he relieved starter Masahiro Tanaka in the seventh, Cleveland rallied.
Michael Brantly led off the bottom of the eighth with a homer, followed by Yan Gomes getting a sacrifice fly, and Erik Gonzalez coming home on a wild pitch from Green to make it 5-2.
This was the Yankees' final game before the All-Star Break, and they return to Yankee Stadium next weekend for the Subway Series with the Mets.
July 21 1998: Yankees 5, Detroit 1
David Cone got the win to improve to 14-3, as he went eight innings, allowing one run on eight hits and a walk, while striking out 10.
After Detroit got a run in the top of the first as a result of an error, the Yankees tied it in the bottom half of the frame on a Derek Jeter home run.
In the second, Scott Brosius had an RBI single, followed by Tim Raines scoring on a Joe Girardi double-play ball, to make it 3-1 Yankees.
Tino Martinez got a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the third, followed by Chuck Knoblauch leading off the bottom of the fifth with a homer that made it 5-1.
Where they stand: With the loss Sunday, the 2018 Yankees (62-33) lost a game off the pace, now eight games behind the 1998 Yankees, who were 70-25 through 95 games.