Sunday, June 5, 2022

Yankees 1998 Tracker: Games 52, 53, 54

Derek Jeter with Manager Joe Torre (r.) and Bench Coach Don Zimmer (l.).


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

Through 54 Games: 
2022 Yankees: 39-15 

Game 52: 37-15 - Friday night, Yankees 13, Tigers 0

Yankees ace Gerrit Cole pitched like it, as he took a perfect game through 7 2/3 innings. The Yankees offense provided him plenty of support, as they got home runs from Aaron Judge (solo homer in the third), Jose Trevino (solo shot in third also), Anthony Rizzo (three-run homer in fifth), Matt Carpenter (two-run shot in fifth).

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Game 53: 38-15 - Saturday afternoon - Yankees 3, Tigers 0

Luis Severino continued the Yankees' rotation run of brilliance as he threw seven shutout innings, allowing just one hit and a walk, with 10 strikeouts, as he improved to 4-1 on the season, with a 2.95 ERA.
The Yankees have him immediate run support, as Aaron Judge, who was in leadoff spot in this one, hit a solo home run in the first, his 21st of the season.
Anthony Rizzo got a solo homer of his own in the sixth, his 13th of the season, and Josh Donaldson got an RBI on a sacrifice fly in the eighth that made it 3-0.

Game 54: 39-15 - Sunday morning - Yankees 5, Tigers 4 (10 innings)
The Tigers got their first runs in the series in the fourth inning, as Javier Baez had an RBI double, and Daz Cameron followed with an RBI single to make it 2-0.
The Yankees tied it in the bottom of the fifth when Joey Gallo hit a two-run homer, and they took the lead in the seventh when DJ LeMahieu drew a bases-loaded walk from Alex Lange.
In the eighth, Detroit took the lead against Yankee reliever Miguel Castro, as Miguel Cabrera got an RBi single, and then with Kody Clemens in running for him, a Castro wild pitch let him get to second base, and allow him to come in on a Baez single and make it 4-3.
In the bottom of the eighth, Anthony Rizzo was hit by a pitch, stole second and advanced to third base on an error by second baseman Jonathan Schoop, and came in to score on an error by third baseman Harold Castro, on a grounder by Gleyber Torres, to tie the game at 4.
It stayed that way until the bottom fo the 10th when Rizzo hit a single, allowing Judge, the "ghost runner," to move to third base, and come on home on a sacrifice fly by Josh Donaldson to deep left to make it a 5-4 walk-off win.
Jordan Montgomery got the start for the Yankees, and went 6 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk, with five strikeouts.

1998 Yankees: 41-13 Through 54 Games

Game 52:  39-13 - June 2, 1998: Yankees 6, White Sox 3
David Wells threw a gem in this one, as he went eight innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and a walk, with five strikeouts, to run his record to 8-1 on the season.
The Yankees were trailing 2-1 in the fifth (same as in Game #52 in 2018) when they erupted for four runs , as Scott Brosius has an RBI single followed by a three-run home run for Derek Jeter to make it 5-2.
Albert Belle homered to lead off the top of the sixth for Chicago, and Chuck Knoblauch got that run back in the seventh when he had an RBI double that made it 6-3 Yankees.
Mariano Rivera earned his 11th save, on his way to 36 for the entire season.

Game 53: 40-13 - June 3, 1998: Yankees 7, Tampa Bay Devil Rays 1
Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez made his debut for the Yankees and earned the win.
Hernandez went seven innings, allowing just one run on five hits and two walks, with seven strikeouts.
The Cuban became one of the Yankees' key pitchers during that season, and the three straight World Championships they would win.
Hernandez stayed with the Yankees until 2004, and then he won another World Series with the White Sox in 2005, and pitched the next two seasons for the Mets, where he finished his career.

Game 54: 41-13 - June 4, 1998: Yankees 6, Tampa Bay 1

Hideki Irabu earned his fifth win of the season, as he went 7 1/3 innings, allowing one run on six hits and four walks, with six strikeouts, to lead the Yankees to a 6-1 win over the Devil Rays.
The Yankees jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning, as Darryl Strawberry had an RBI double, followed by a run coming in on a Joe Girardi groundout.
After Tampa Bay got a run in the top of the third on a Quinton McCracken groundout, Bernie Williams had a two-run single to make it 4-1 in the bottom half of the frame.
Paul O'Neill hit a home run in the seventh inning to make it 6-1 Yankees.
Dennis Springer took the loss for Tampa Bay, and his record dropped to 2-9 on the season (he finished 1998 at 3-11) with a 5.43 ERA. Springer pitched seven innings, allowing all six Yankee runs, on 10 hits and three walks, with three strikeouts.

Where they stand: The 2022 Yankees (39-15) are two games off the pace of the 1998 team, which was 41-13 (.750 winning percentage) through 54 games.

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