Thursday, June 23, 2022

Yankees 1998 Tracker: Games 67, 68, 69


Mariano Rivera in 1998.

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.

Games 67-69:
2022: 51-18 through 69 games

Game 67: 50-17 - Monday night: Yankees 4, Tampa Bay 2

Yankees starter Gerrit Cole had a no-hitter through seven innings with the Yankees up 2-0, and it was broken up by an Isaac Paredes single to open the inning. Cole then got Josh Lowe to fly out to center field, and he was lifted for Clay Holmes.
Francisco Mejia greeted Holmes with a double, and then Yandy Diaz grounded out to bring in Paredes and cut the Yankees' lead to 2-1. That run was charged to Cole, and gave him this final line: 7 1/3 innings pitched, 1 hit, 1 run (earned), 3 walks, 12 strikeouts.
Manuel Margot got an RBI single to bring in Mejia, and that would tie the game at 2, and since it would be charged to Holmes, it ended his franchise-record streak of not allowing a run in 29 straight appearances. Ji-Man Choi then drew a walk, and Holmes recovered to strike out Randy Arozarena to end the frame.
The Yankees nabbed the lead back in the ninth when the suddenly hot  Aaron Hicks got an RBI triple, and then he came in to score on a sacrifice fly from Jose Trevino.
The Yankees turned to lefty Wandy Peralta to close it out in the ninth, and he worked around a walk and and error to retire the Rays, and he was awarded the victory, making his record 2-1 with a 2.42 ERA.

Game 68: 50-18 - Tuesday night: Tampa Bay 5, Yankees 4

Tampa Bay took advantage of getting to see Yankees sensation Nestor Cortes twice in a week, as Isaac Paredes and Harold Ramirez each had solo home runs in the first inning, and then Paredes homered again in the third, another solo shot, to make it 3-2 at the time.
In the fifth, Cortes was pulled after allowing a one-out single to Yandy Diaz, and Clarke Schmidt was brought on to face Paredes, and he had the same result: Paredes hit his third homer of the night, this one a two-run shot, to open up a 5-2 lead for the Rays. 
The Yankees made a comeback in the ninth, as Marwin Gonzalez hit a two-run homer to make it 5-4, but that was it. 
Cortes, who pitched 4 1/3 innings, allowing four runs (all earned) on six hits and no walks, with three strikeouts, fell to 6-3 on the season and saw his ERA jump to 2.31.

Game 69: 51-18 - Wednesday night: Yankees 5, Tampa Bay 4

Tampa bay jumped out to an early lead against Yankee starter Jordan Montgomery in the second inning, as Isaac Paredes hit another home run, a solo shot, and Vidal Brujan followed with a two-run shot to make it 3-0.
Aaron Judge responded in the top of the fourth as he hit his 26th home run of the season, a solo shot, to cut it to 3-1. Brujan got that back in the bottom half of the frame, as he got an RBI groundout to make it 4-1.
The Yankees kept chipping away, as Giancarlo Stanton drew a walk to open the sixth, and came in to score on an error on a hit by Jose Trevino. In the seventh, Judge hit another solo blast, his 27th of the season, to make it 4-3 Tampa Bay.
The comeback was completed in the eighth when Jose Trevino hit a two-run homer to left-center field that gave the Yankees a 5-4 lead. 
Michael King then pitched a perfect eighth inning, notching a strikeout, and Clay Holmes completed a perfect ninth, with a K as well, to earn his 12th save of the season.

1998: 51-18 through 69 games

Game 67: 50-17 - June 20, 1998: Yankees 5, Cleveland 3

David Wells earned his ninth win of the 1998 season, improving to 9-2, as he went eight innings, allowing two runs on eight hits and no walks, with nine strikeouts.
Cleveland got the lead in the bottom of the third when Travis Fryman stole third and came home a throwing error.
In the top of the fourth, Tino Martinez and Darryl Strawberry each had RBI doubles. They kept it going in the fifth when Scott Brosius led off the frame with a home run and Paul O'Neill had an RBI single to make it 4-1.
Manny Ramirez got an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth, and the Yankees got the run back when Chad Curtis came in because of an error on a hit by Chuck Knoblauch to make it 5-2.
Cleveland rallied against Mariano Rivera in the ninth, as they got a run on a David Bell RBI single. Rivera then got Kenny Lofton to fly out with two on base and two out to end it and earn his 16th save of the season.

Game 68: 50-18 - June 21, 1998: Cleveland 11, Yankees 0

The Indians got to Yankees starter Hideki Irabu early in this one, starting when Manny Ramirez and Mark Whiten hit back-to-back-homers to open the bottom of the second inning.
Manny followed that up with a three-run shot in the third to make it 5-0 Indians, and Irabu was lifted after that inning.
Darren Holmes came out of the bullpen for the Yankees, and Travis Fryman led off the bottom of the fourth with a homer, and Jim Thome had an RBI single later in the frame to make it 7-0.
In the fifth, Sandy Alomar hit an RBI triple and came in on a Fryman sacrifice fly to make it 9-0.
Bartolo Colon got the win for the Indians, as he threw eight shutout innings, allowing just three hits and five walks, with 10 strikeouts. his record at that point was 7-4 with a 2.53 ERA.
Colon was in just his second major league season in 1998, and he finished the season with a record of 14-9 with a 3.71 ERA. He currently is 45 years old and pitching for the Texas Rangers.

Game 69: 51-18 - June 22, 1998: Yankees 6, Atlanta 4

The Braves got on the board first in this one as ex-Yankee Gerald Williams got a two-run double in the top of the third.
The Yankees came right back against Braves starter Greg Maddux, as Paul O'Neill and Tino Martinez each had RBI singled to tie it at 2.
It stayed that way until the sixth, when Javy Lopez got an RBI single off Pettitte to make it 3-2 Atlanta, but Darryl Strawberry got the run back with an RBI single off Maddux in the bottom half of the frame.
Atlanta took the lead back in the seventh when Chipper Jones got an RBI single off Pettitte.
With Dennis Martinez in for the Braves in the bottom of the seventh, the Yankees rallied. Tim Raines got a two-run double, followed by a Chad Curtis RBI single to make it 6-4.
Pettitte went 6 2/3 innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on eights hits and two walks, with five strikeouts.
Jeff Nelson, who came in for the last out of the seventh, earned the win to improve to 5-3 on the season.
Mariano Rivera pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his 17th save of the season.

Where they stand: The 2022 Yankees (51-18) remain even with the pace of the 1998 team, which was 51-18 through 69 games.

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