Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Yankees 1998 Tracker: Games 81 & 82


Andy Pettitte.

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 82 Games:

2022: 59-23 through 82 games

Game 81: 58-23 - Tuesday night: Pirates 5, Yankees 2
The Pittsburgh Pirates won the first game of their two-game series with the Yankees on Tuesday night at PNC Park, led by a great start from Jose Quintana and a couple of home runs to power their offense.
Jameson Taillon got the start for the Yankees in his return to Pittsburgh, and it did not go as planned. He allowed five runs (all earned) on six hits and no walks, with five strikeouts, in 5 1/3 innings. It was his first loss since April 11, and his record is now 9-2 on the season.
Daniel Vogelbach gave the Pirates the lead in the second inning with a solo home run, his 11th of the season. They added to it in the fourth when Jack Suwinski hit a two-run shot, his 14th of the season, and then Ben Gamel got an RBI double to make it 4-0.
For the Yankees, Aaron Judge and Matt Carpenter had RBI singles, with Judge's coming in the fifth and Carpernter's in the eighth.
Quintana earned the win to improve to 2-4 on the season, as he went five innings, allowing one run on six hits and no walks, with seven strikeouts.

Game 82: 59-23 - Wednesday night: Yankees 16, Pirates 0
The Yankees won this game with an offensive barrage, as they hit six home runs, backing up a strong outing from Luis Severino, who got his fifth win of the season (5-3 record), as he threw six shutout innings, allowing no runs on four hits and no walks, with three strikeouts.
The Yanks took the lead in the fifth on a two-run single from DJ LeMahieu and added to it in the sixth with a pair of solo home runs from Josh Donaldson, his seventh of the year, and Joey Gallo, the 10th for him. Kyle Higashioka hit a solo shot in the seventh, his fifth of the year, to make it 5-0. 
Aaron Judge hit a grand slam in the eighth, getting his 30th home run of the season in style, to make it 9-0. 
In the ninth, with position player Josh VanMeter in for the Pirates, Aaron Hicks hit a grand slam to make it 14-0, and then Giancarlo Stanton hit a solo shit for his 21st of the season to make it 15-0. Higashioka got an RBI single to make it a 6-run ninth and make it 16-0.

1998: 62-20 through 82 games

Game 81: 61-20 - July 5, 1998: Yankees 1, Orioles 0
David Cone threw eight shutout innings, scattering seven hits and no walks, while striking out four, to improve to 12-2 on the season.
Mariano Rivera pitched a perfect ninth to earn his 22nd save.
The lone run of the game came in the bottom of the third inning when Baltimore starter Scott Erickson hit Chad Curtis with a pitch with the bases loaded to force in a run.
Erickson threw eight innings as well, allowing just that one run on seven hits and four walks, with seven K's, to fall to 8-7 on the season.
Erickson finished his 15-year major league career with the Yankees in 2006.

Game 82: 62-20 - July 9, 1998: Yankees 2, Tampa Bay 0
This was the 1998 Yankees' seventh win in a row.
Andy Pettitte earned his 11th win of the year, improving to 11-5 and lowering his ERA to 3.66, as he threw eight shutout innings, allowing just five hits and a walk, while striking out eight.
Mariano Rivera worked around a hit and two walks in the ninth to earn his 23rd save in 1998.
The lone offense of the game came when Joe Girardi bashed a two-run homer off the Devil Rays'  Bryan Rekar in the second inning.

Where they stand: With the split of the series in Pittsburgh, the 2022 Yankees (59-23) are now three games off the pace of the 1998 team, which was 62-20 through 82 games.

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