Sunday, May 29, 2022

Yankees 1998 Tracker: Games 46, 47, & 48

David Cone.

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

2022: 35-13

Game 46: 33-13 - Yankees 2, Tampa Bay 0

The Yankees got a pair of solo homers in the fourth inning from Gleyber Torres and Matt Carpenter, who was playing his second game with the Yankees after spending his whole career with the St. Louis Cardinals, and that was all the offense they needed.
Jameson Taillon threw eight shutout innings, as he allowed just two hits and no walks, while striking out five, to earn his fifth win of the season and improve his record to 5-1 with a 2.49 ERA. Clay Holmes earned his sixth save of the season qwith a perfect ninth inning, which included two strikeouts.

Game 47: 33-14 - Tampa Bay 3, Yankees 1

The Yankees jumped out to an early lead in the first when Anthony Rizzo hit a sacrifice fly, and starter Gerrit Cole made it hold up  until the sixth, when Tampa Bay tied it on an RBI single from Randy Arozarena.
Lucas Luetge came on for the Yankees in the seventh, and he have up a single to Kevin Kiermaier and a double to Francisco Mejia, and with Michael King pitching later in the inning, Mejia scored on a single from Yandy Diaz that made it 2-1 Rays.  
Tampa Bay tacked one on in the eighth to make it 3-1 when Manuel Margot got an RBI single off King.

Game 48: 33-15 - Tampa Bay 4, Yankees 2

The Yankees got the early lead in this one when Gleyber Torres hit a solo home run in the top of the second, and Tampa Bay responded quickly as Ji-Man Choi got one of his own in the bottom half of the inning to tie it at 1.
Tampa Bay took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth when Taylor Wells got a solo shot, and they tacked on a pair in the seventh when Rob Marinaccio walked in a run when Harold Ramirez got a free pass, and then hit Mike Zunino with a pitch with the bases loaded to make it 4-1. The two who scored on those, Wander Franco and Choi, were walked by Severino to open the inning before he was lifted. 
Aaron Judge got a run back in the eighth when he hit a solo shot for his league-leading 18th homer of the season.


Game 46 - 35-11 - May 27, 1998: Chicago White Sox 12, Yankees 9

The White Sox jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second against Yankees starter Ramiro Mendoza. 
The Yankees roared back in the third, as three runs came in on an error on a hit by Paul O'Neill, and Bernie Williams followed with a two-run shot to make it 5-2.
Chicago came back with three against Mendoza in the bottom of the third, which knocked Mendoza from the game, and in the fourth, Albert Belle hit a three-run blast off Willie Banks to make it 8-5.
Bernie Williams kept it going, as he had an RBI single in the fifth, and then in the sixth, after Paul O'Neill had an RBI double, Bernie had a two-run triple to give the Yankees a 9-8 lead.
Chicago tied it in the bottom of the sixth, as Mike Caruso got an RBI single off Jeff Nelson, and then in the seventh, with Nelson still in there, Chicago got a run on a passed ball, followed by a Frank Thomas RBI double, and then Ray Durham came home on a wild pitch to make it 12-9.
Chicago relievers Bill Simas and Matt Karchner shut down the Yankees in the eighth and ninth to close out the win.

Game 47 - 36-11 - May 28, 1998: Yankees 8, Boston 3

The Yankees, led by David Wells, beat Tim Wakefield and the Red Sox in this one.
The Yankees jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first, as Paul O'Neill had an RBI double, then scored on a throwing error when he stole third base.
Darryl Strawberry made it 3-0 Yankees with a solo home run in the third inning.
Boston got a run back in the top of the fourth when Jim Leyritz led off the frame with a homer to make it 3-1 Yankees. Leyritz played 52 games with Boston before being traded to San Diego, where he played 62 games and helped them make the World Series.
In the bottom of the fourth, Wakefield's knuckleball cost him. With Derek Jeter up, Luis Sojo came in on a wild pitch, and Chuck Knoblauch came in on a passed ball to make it 5-1.
in the fifth, Mo Vaughn hit a two-run homer off Wells, and Jorge Posada got a solo shot of his own against John Wasdin to make it 6-3.
The Yankees got a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth on an O'Neill sacrifice fly, and Jeter scored when Strawberry reached on an error.
Wells got the win to improve to 7-1 on the season, as he went seven innings, allowing three runs on ten hits and a walk, with five strikeouts.
Wakefield went just 3 1/3 innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits and four walks, with two strikeouts, to fall to 6-2 on the season.

Game 48 37-11 - May 29, 1998: Yankees 6, Red Sox 2
Boston jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a Reggie  Jefferson solo home run in the top of the first inning against David Cone, but it wasn't long before the Yankees got to Boston starter Derek Lowe.
The Yankees got on the board in the third when Chuck Knoblauch had an RBI single, followed by two runs coming in on a Paul O'Neill RBI single to make it 3-1.
In the fourth, the Yankees got three more, as Joe Girardi had a two-run single, followed by another RBI single from Knoblauch to make it 6-1.
Cone went seven innings, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk, with seven strikeouts, to improve to 7-1 on the season.
Lowe went just 3 1/3 innings, allowing six runs on eight hits and two walks, with just one strikeout, to drop to 0-4 in 1998.

Where they stand: The 2022 Yankees (35-13) are two games off the pace of the 1998 Yankees, who were 37-11 through 48 games.

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