Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Yankees 1998 Tracker: Game 43


From now until the end of the season, we will be tracking the progress of the Yankees against their 1998 World Championship team that won 114 games in the regular season. 

Through 43 Games: 
2022: 30-13

Tuesday night: Yankees 7, Baltimore 6 (11 innings)

The Yankees jumped out to an early lead in this one, powered by three solo home runs, from Anthony Rizzo in the first, Jose Trevino in the third, and Gleyber Torres in the fourth.

Baltimore got a run back in the fifth, on a Roughned Odor ground out, and then in the seventh, they out up four runs - on an Austin Hays solo home run and a three-run shot from Odor - to take a 5-3 lead.

The Yankees tied it in the bottom of the seventh, as Torre hit his second homer of the nihght, and Trevino got an RBI single.

It remained tied at 5 until the 11th when Austin Hays got an RBI groundout to score the "ghost runner" Ryan McKenna, which made it 6-5.

In the bottom of the 11th, Isiah Kiner-Falefa singled home the Yankees' "ghost runner," Torres to tie it at 6, and Trevino brought him home to give the Yankeees the 7-6 win, their 30th of the season, breaking a three-game losing streak. 

1998: 30-13

May 24, 1998: Yankees 14, Boston Red Sox 4

The Yankees routed the Red Sox, 14-4, to win two of three in the weekend series at Fenway Park.

After Boston got a run in each of the first two innings against David Cone, the Yankees got to Sox starter Bret Saberhagen in the third inning.

Chuck Knoblauch hit a three-run home run, followed by RBI singles from Tim Raines and Scott Brosius to make it 5-2 and chase Sabergahen from the game. Joe Girardi got a two-run single off Ron Mahay to cap the seven-run inning.

The Yankees kept it going in the fifth against Mahay, as they put up six runs. It started when Dale Sveum had a sacrifice fly, followed by Knoblauch getting hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to force in a run. Derek Jeter had a two-run single, Paul O'Neill had a sac fly, and Bernie Williams had an RBI single that made it 13-2. 

Cone went six innings, allowing just those early two runs on eight hits and no walks, with two strikeouts, to improve to 6-1 on the season.

Where They Stand: The 2022 Yankees (30-13) are three games off the pace of the 1998 team, which was 33-10 through 43 games.

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