Monday, May 16, 2022

Yankees 1998 Tracker: Game 35

From now until the end of the season, we will be comparing how the current 2022 Yanees team stacks up with their 1998 World Championship team that won 114 games in the regular season.

2022: 26-9

May 16, 2022: Yankees 6, Orioles 2

Luis Severino had an excellent start for the Yankees, as he went six innings, allowing one run on one hit and two walks, with seven strikeouts, to improve to 3-0 on the seaosn, and lower his ERA to 3.63.

The Yankees have him an early lead in the third inning  when Giancarlo Stanton got an RBI double to make it 1-0. They expanded it in the fourth when Jose Trevino got his first home run as Yankee, a three-run shot, to make it 4-0. 

In the ninth, the Yankees got solo home runs from Josh Donaldson and Anthony Rizzo to make it 6-1. It was Donaldson's fifth homer of the year, and Rizzo's 10th, continuing his phenomenal start to the season.

Baltimore's offense came from a pair of solo home runs by Anthony Santander, in the fourth and in the ninth, giving him six on the season.

1998: 26-9

May 15, 1998: Twins 7, Yankees 6

In the 35th game of the 1998 season, Eric Milton earned the win for the Minnesota Twins against the Yankees and Andy Pettitte in a battle of lefties at The Stadium.

Minnesota jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first on a sacrifice fly from Paul Molitor and an RBI single from Marty Cordova.

The Yankees came back in the bottom of the second, as Scott Brosius got a two-run double followed by an RBI single from Derek Jeter to take a 3-2 lead.

In the top of the third, Cordova was at it again, as he got a two-run double followed by a two-run homer from Ron Cooper to make it 6-3 Twins.

In the bottom of the sixth, in what would be Milton's last batter, Chad Curtis hit a two-run shot to make it 7-5 Minnesota.

Jeter led off the bottom of the seventh with a home run off Mike Trombley to get the Yankees within one, but that was all they would get.

Greg Swindell came in after the Jeter homer and retired the next three in order, and stayed on to pitch the eighth and kept the Yankees off the board.

Twins closer Rick Aguilera, who pitched for the Mets in the late '80s,  retired the top of the Yankees order - Chuck Knoblauch, Jeter, and Paul O'Neill - in succession to earn his eighth save of the season at that point. Aguilera had 38 saves in 1998, but a record of 4-9 with a 4.24 ERA.

Where they stand: The 2022 Yankees are on the pace of the 1998 team.

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