Friday, June 17, 2022

Yankees 1998 Tracker: Games 61, 62, 63 (2022 Team Made A Big Move)


David Cone.

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 63 Games:

Game 61: 45-16 - Tuesday night: Yankees 2, Tampa Bay 0

Gerrit Cole ha an incredible start, bouncing back from a tough outing in Minnesota on Thursday, June 9, as he threw six shutout innings, allowing five hits and a walk, and striking out seven to earn the win. His record is now 6-1 on the season and his ERA dropped to 3.33.
Isiah Kiner-Falefa provided all the offense he needed, as he got a two-run single in the bottom fot he fourth inning.

Game 62: 46-16 - Wednesday night: Yankees 4, Tampa Bay 3

Wednesday night was a quintessential Yankees win, as they got a solo home run from Aaron Judge to right field in the first inning, his 25th of the season, and starting pitcher Nestor Cortes allowed just one run in 5 1/3 innings to earn the win and improve to 6-2 on the season, outdueling Tampa Bay's Shane McClanahan, who entered with a 7-2 record. They got a three-run home run from Kyle Higashioka in the fifth to give them a 4-0 lead, and after Cortes left in the sixth, they superb performances from lefty Wandy Peralta and Clay Holmes out of the bullpen.

Read our coverage of the elite pitching matchup in this one, Nestor Cortes of the Yankees and Shane McClanahan of Tampa Bay (click here) and Yankees Manager Aaron Boone on the Yankees reaching 30 games over .500 (click here).

Game 63: 47-16 - Thursday night: Yankees 2, Tampa Bay 1

Anthony Rizzo had a big night for the Yankees, as he provided all their offense. He got a game-tying RBI single in the sixth inning, and won it with a walk-off solo home run in the bottom of the ninth.
Clarke Schmidt made the spot start for the Yankees, as Luis Severino had to be pulled since he tested positive for Covid, and he pitched three shutout innings, allowing just one hit and a walk, with five strikeouts.
Ryan Weber was up next, making his Major League debut, and he went 3 2/3 innings, allowing a solo home run to Francisco Mejia in the fifth, one of just two hits he allowed; no walks, and a strike out.
Rob Marinaccio pitched 1 1/3 innings, in which he didn't allow a hit, run, or walk, and notched a strikeout. 
Michael King pitched the ninth, working around a walk and striking out two to earn the win, improving to 4-1 on the season.

1998: 47-16 through 63 games

Game 61: 47-14 - June 14, 1998: Yankees 4, Cleveland 2

Tino Martinez provided most of the Yankees' offense in this one, as he got an RBI on a sacrifice fly in the third inning and hit a two-run shot in the fifth.
David Cone allowed a run on four hits and two walks, with 12 strikeouts, in eight innings to get the win and improve to 9-1 on the season.
Jaret Wright took the loss for Cleveland, as he allowed three runs o six hits and four walks, with four K's, in six innings.
Wright would go on to pitch for the Yankees in 2005, when he went 5-5, and 2006, when he went 11-7.

Game 62: 47-15 - June 15, 1998: Baltimore 7, Yankees 4

The Orioles got to Yankees starter David Wells early, as Joe Carter hit a solo home run in the bottom of the first inning, followed by an RBI single in the third.
A Rafael Palmeiro RBI double made it 3-0 Baltimore in the third.
The Yankees tied it in the fourth when Ricky Ledee hit a three-run homer.
Baltimore got the lead back in the bottom of the fifth, Harold Baines had an RBI single, but Jorge Posada got a solo home run in the top of the sixth to tie it at four.
In the bottom of the sixth, Mike Bordick got a sacrifice fly to give Baltimore a 5-4 edge, and then in the seventh, Palmeiro hit a solo homer and Cal Ripken had an RBi single to make it 7-4.
Scott Erickson earned the win to improve to 7-6 on the season, as he went seven innings, allowing four runs on seven hits and a walk, with six strikeouts.
Jesse Orosco pitched two innings to close it out, and he did not allow a run or hit, while striking out two, for his fifth save of the season.
Both Erickson and Orosco spent time with the Yankees.
Erickson spent one season in New York, as he joined the Yankees in 2006 and pitched in nine games. That was the last stop in his 15-year career.
Orosco, known for pitching for the Mets in the 1980s and getting the last out of the 1986 World Series, pitched in 15 games for the Yankees in 2003. He went to Minnesota after that, and retired after that season at the age of 46.
For David Wells, this was just the second loss he suffered in 1998, as his record dropped to 8-2. He allowed five runs on 10 hits and no walks, with one strikeouts, in six innings.

Game 63: 47-16 - June 16, 1998: Baltimore 2, Yankees 0

Sidney Ponson and Arthur Rhodes combined to shutout the Yankees, 2-0, at  Camden Yards.
Ponson allowed just two hits and a walk, with four strikeouts, in 6 2/3 innings, to earn his first major league win. He was 1-4 at that point in his rookie season, and finished 8-9 that season.
Ponson went on to pitch for the Yankees in 2006, when he was 0-1 in three starts, and in 2008, when he was 4-4 in 15 starts.
Baltimore's offense came from an RBI single by Harold Baines in the fifth inning, followed by a Roberto Alomar home run to lead off the sixth and make it 2-0.
Hideki Irabu went seven innings, allowing those two runs on seven hits and three walks, with three strikeouts, to drop to 6-2 on the season.

Where they stand: The 2022 Yankees (47-16) are now keeping pace with the 1998 Yankees, who were 47-16 through 63 games. The 2022 team gained two games in this three-game stretch covered here.

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