Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Yankees 1998 Tracker: Games 78, 79, 80


Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez.

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 80 Games:

2022: 53-27 through 80 games

Game 78: 57-21 - Saturday Game 1: Yankees 13, Guardians 4

The Yankees fell behind in the bottom of the second when Josh Naylor and Franmil Reyes hit back-to-back home runs off Yankees starter Gerrit Cole to make it 2-0 Cleveland.
It didn't take long for the Yankees to reclaim the lead, as they put up four runs in the top of the third inning when DJ LeMahieu hit a solo homer, Miguel Andujar got an RBI single, and Aaron Hicks had a two-run single.
The Yankees put up another four in the fifth on a Matt Carpenter two-run homer and a Gleyber Torres two-run single that made it 8-2. Carpenter got an RBI single in the seventh, and it a solo homer in the ninth for his second on the day and ninth of the season. Jose Trevino also had a solo homer in the ninth to make it 13-4.
Cole went six innings, allowing just those two runs on three hits and three walks, with six strikeouts, to improve to 7-2 with a 2.99 ERA.

Game 79: 58-21 - Saturday Game 2: Yankees 6, Guardians 1

Nestor Cortes got the start for the Yankees in this one, and he earned the win to make his record 7-3 on the season, as he went six innings, allowing one runs on three hits and no walks, with six strikeouts.
Cleveland's lone run came in the bottom of the first as ex-Met Amed Rosario hit a solo home run, and the Yankees took the lead in the fourth when Anthony Rizzo and Giancarlo Stanton each hit solo home runs. It was Rizzo's 22nd on the season, and Stanton's 20th. 
The Yankees put it away with four in the seventh to make it 6-1. Josh Donaldson got an RBI double, and Giancarlo Stanton scored on the hit as well on an error by pitcher Enyel De Los Santos. Isiah Kiner-Falefa had an RBI single, and Kyle Higashioka got an RBI on a sacrifice fly.

Game 80: 58-22 - Sunday: Guardians 2, Yankees 0
Triston McKenzie got the start for Cleveland in this one, and he was phenomenal, as he went seven innings, allowing just one hit and a walk, while striking out seven. 
Franmil Reyes provided all of Cleveland's offense, as he got a solo home run off Yankee starter Jordan Montgomery in the fourth, and an RBI single in the eighth off reliever Albert Abreu, with the run charged to JP Sears, the first run the lefty has allowed this season.

1998: 60-20 through 80 games

Game 78: 58-20 - July 2, 1998: Yankees 9, Phillies 8

The Yankees won this one on a Ricky Ledee walk-off single in the 11th inning, completing a comeback from down 7-2 in the eighth inning.
Paul O'Neill hit a two-run homer, followed by a Jorge Posada RBI single to make it 7-5 Phillies.
In the top of the ninth, Kevin Jordan had an RBI single off Mike Buddie to give Philadelphia an 8-5 edge.
In the bottom of the ninth, Tino Martinez launched a three-run homer off Mark Leiter to tie it at 8 and send it to extra innings.
Buddie stayed in and pitched a scoreless 10th and 11th to earn teh win, improving his record to 3-0. His efforts keep it tied for Ledee to get the walk-off single in the bottom of the 11th.

Game 79: 59-20 - July 3, 1998: Yankees 3, Orioles 2

The Yankees got on the board first in this one against Baltimore's Mike Mussina, as Paul O'Neill had a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first to make it 1-0.
Baltimore responded against Yankee starter Andy Pettitte in the third when Mike Bordick got a sacrifice fly and B.J. Surhoff had an RBI double to make it 2-1.
The Yankees tied it in the bottom of the fourth when Chad Curtis had a solo home run.
It stayed that way until the ninth when the Yankees manufactured a run against Baltimore reliever Jesse Orosco. Curtis singled, was bunted over to second by Dale Sveum, stole third, and scored on a game-winning single from Scott Brosius.
Pettitte got the win to improve to 10-5 as he went the full nine innings, allowing two runs on four hits and six walks, with four strikeouts.
Mussina went 7 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and a walk, with nine K's before Orosco relieved him in the eighth.

Game 80: July 4, 1998: Yankees 4, Orioles 3

The Orioles rallied against Yankees starter Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez in the first inning, as Brady Anderson got a two-run single.
The Yankees came right back in the bottom half of the first when Tino Martinez got an RBI single against Doug Drabek, and they tied it in the bottom of the second on a Derek Jeter RBI single to tie it at 2.
In the top of the fifth, Eric Davis got an RBI single to give the Orioles the lead back, 3-2.
In the bottom of the sixth, Martinez doubled and Tim Raines got a single to chase Drabek from the game. Chad Curtis drove them in with a two-run single off Alan Mills to make it 4-3.
That was enough for El Duque, who went eight innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks, with five strikeouts, to earn the win and improve to 3-1 with a 2.08 ERA.
Mariano Rivera pitched a scoreless ninth, working around two hits, to earn his 21st save of the season.

Where they stand: The 2022 Yankees (58-222) dropped to two games off the pace of the 1998 team, which was 60-20 through 80 games.

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