Sunday, July 10, 2022

Yankees 1998 Tracker: Games 83-86


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 86 Games:
2018: 61-25 through 86 games

Game 83: 60-23 - Thursday night: Yankees 6, Boston 5

The Yankees jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the third inning against Red Sox starter Josh Winckowski, as Josh Donaldson hit a grand slam and Aaron Hicks had a solo shot.
Boston got a pair back in the bottom of the third when Rafael Devers got a two-run shot off Yankee starter Gerrit Cole.
Jose Trevino got one of those back in the fifth when he hit a solo homer, and that run loomed large as Devers hit a three-run shot, his second homer of the night (19th of the season) in the bottom half of the fifth to make it 6-5 Yankees.
Cole then pitched a scoreless sixth before he exited, and he earned the win to improve to 8-2 on the season, as he went six innings, allowing five runs on five hits and three walks, with seven strikeouts.

Game 84: 61-23 - Friday night: Yankees 12, Boston 5

The Yankees put up a four spot in the top of the first inning against Boston starter Connor Seabold, as Gleyber Torres had an RBI single, followed by a three-run shot from Josh Donaldson.
After Boston got a couple back in the bottom of the first on a Cristian Vazquez double, the Yankees poured it on. Matt Carpenter had an RBI double in the top of the second, Joey Gallo has a two-run triple in the third, and Carpenter hit a solo shot in the fourth to make it 8-2.
Yankee starter Nestor Cortes gave up a couple in the bottom of the fourth, as Trevor Story and Bobby Dalbec hit solo home runs. That was all for the lefty, who went 3 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on eight hits and two walks, with four strikeouts. Miguel Castro came in to relieve him, and he pitched 1 1/3 innings, allowing no runs on a hit and no walks, with three strikeouts, so he earned the win to improve to 5-0.

Game 85: 61-24 - Saturday night: Red Sox 6, Yankees 5 (10 innings)

This was a pretty good pitching duel early between the Yankees' Jordan Montgomery and Boston's Kutter Crawford, and it was 1-1 through the fifth inning.
The Yankees broke the tie in the sixth against Boston reliever Ryan Brazier, who allowed an RBI double to Anthony Rizzo and an RBI single to Josh Donaldson. 
Boston got one back in the bottom of the sixth when ex-Yankee Rob Refsnyder hit a solo homer, and they tied it in the eighth when Alex Verdugo got an RBI single off Clay Holmes. That scored Boston rookie Jeter Downs, who pinch ran for J.D. Martinez, who doubled off Michael King earlier in the inning.
In the tenth, with Jake Diekman in for Boston, Aaron Judge led off with a double to bring in the "ghost runner" Jose Trevino from second, and then Rizzo doubled home Judge to make it 5-3.
Wandy Peralta relieved Holmes in the bottom of the tenth, and Downs got a one-out single to bring in Jarren Duran, who was the "ghost runner," to make it 5-4 Yankees, and then with two outs, Verdugo struck again, as he got a two-run walk-off single to give Boston the 6-5 win.

Game 86: 61-25 - Sunday night: Boston 11, Yankees 6

The Yankees jumped out to an early lead on Nick Pavetta when Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-run home run (his 22nd of the season) in the first, and then Jose Trevino and Isiah Kiner-Falefa had RBI singles to make it 4-0.
Boston got one back in the bottom of the second on a Franchy Cordero solo shot, but Matt Carpenter responded with a two-run shot in the top of the third that made it 6-2.
The Red Sox began their comeback against Yankee starter Jameson Taillon in the bottom of the third when Christian Vazquez had an RBI double, and then in the fifth, Vazquez got another RBI double, followed by a two-run homer for J.D. Martinez to tie it at 6.
Then, with Aroldis Chapman in for the Yankees, Boston loaded the bases with nobody out, but they only got one run on a sacrifice fly by Jeter Downs that made it 7-6 Sox.
Miguel Castro came in for the Yankees in the seventh, and Boston put the game away, as Trevor Story had a three-run double, and Cordero hit a sacrifice fly to make it 11-6.

1998: 65-21 through 86 games

Game 83: 63-20 - July 10, 1998: Yankees 8, Tampa Bay Devil Rays 4
This was the Yankees eighth straight victory, and they did it with a comeback.
Tampa Bay jumped out to an early lead against Yankee starter Hideki Irabu.
In the second, Miguel Cairo (who would later play for the Yankees) got an RBI groundout; in the third, Fred McGriff hit a solo homer, and went up 3-0  in the fourth  when Dave Martinez hit an inside-the park home run.
The Yankees tied it in the fifth when Chuck Knoblauch hit a three-run homer, and then got a pair of runs in sixth to take a 5-3 lead.
Scott Brosius hit a three-run homer in the top of the eighth inning to make it 8-4 Yankees and put the game away.
Irabu settled down, and allowed just those three runs on seven hits and four walks, with five strikeouts, to earn the win and improve to 7-3 on the season.
Ramiro Mendoza pitched 2 2/3 shutout innings to earn his first save of the season.

Game 84: 64-20 - July 11, 1998: Yankees 2, Tampa Bay Devil Rays 0

This was the 1998 Yankees ninth straight victory and completed a four-game sweep in Tampa Bay.
David Cone threw a gem in this one, as the threw eight shutout innings, allowing just three hits and three walks, while striking out eight, to improve to 13-2.
Mariano Rivera earned his 24th save of the season, as he worked out around two hits to close out the Devil Rays. 
The Yankees got on the board in the top of the first when Paul O'Neill had an RBI double in the top of the first, and Chuck Knoblauch made it 2-0 with a sacrifice fly in the seventh.

Game 85: 62-20 - July 12, 1998: Yankees 9, Tampa Bay Devil Rays 2

This was the Yankees' 10th straight victory and it completed a four-game sweep of Tampa Bay.
The Yankees and Devil Rays were tied at two heading into the ninth inning, when the Yankees rallied against Roberto Hernandez.
Chuck Knoblauch was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, followed by a two-run single by Derek Jeter to make it 5-2, which was all for Hernandez.
With Scott Aldred in for Tampa Bay, Tino Martinez ripped a three-run double, and he scored on a Jorge Posada single to make it 9-2.
David Wells started this one for the Yankees, as he went five innings, allowing a run on four hits and three walks, with four strikeouts.
Mike Stanton, who came on to get the final out of the eighth and stayed on for the ninth, earned the win to improve to 4-0 in 1998.

Game 86: 65-21 - July 13, 1998: Cleveland Indians 4, Yankees 1

This loss broke a ten-game winning streak for the 1998 Yankees.
The Yankees got on the board first, as Darryl Strawberry hit a solo home run in the top of the fourth, but Cleveland came right back against Yankees starter Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez.
In the bottom of the fourth, Jim Thome hit a solo homer, followed y a Sandy Alomar RBI single to make it 2-1 Indians.
In the bottom of the sixth, Thome tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly from Manny Ramirez to make it 3-1.
In the seventh, with El Duque still in for the Yankees, Kenny Lofton hit a solo shot to make it 4-1 and seal the win for Cleveland.
Jaret Wright earned the win for Cleveland, as he went seven innings, allowing one run on eight hits and two walks, with four strikeouts, to improve to 9-5 on the season.
El Duque took the loss for the Yankees, falling to 3-2 in 1998, as he allowed four runs on nine hits and two walks, with five strikeouts.

Where they stand: The 2022 Yankees (61-25) are now four games off the pace of the 1998 Yankees, who weew 65-21 through 86 games.

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