(Derek Jeter (c.) with Bench Coach Don Zimmer (l.) and Manager Joe Torre)
From now until the end of the season, we will be keeping track of the 2018 Yankees and how they measure up to the 1998 World Championship team that won 114 games in the regular season.
Through 36 Games:
Game 36 – Yankees 9, Red Sox 6 – Wednesday night
The Yankees scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to beat the Red Sox, 9-6, and earn their eighth straight win and 17th win in their last 18 games.
The Yankees are now 26-10 and own the best record in baseball, one game ahead of the Red Sox for that mark and in the American League East.
In a back-and-forth game, the Yankees jumped out to a 5-3 lead early, with Aaron Judge getting an RBI single in the first and Giancarlo Stanton a two-run double in the third.
Boston’s Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run blast to left field to give Boston a 6-5 edge in the top of the seventh.
Boston had a chance to add more in the top of the eighth, as they got a pair of runners on with one out, but Jonathan Holder worked out of what turned into a bases loaded situation.
In the bottom of the eighth, against Boston closer Craig Kimbrel, Brett Gardner launched a two-run triple to make it 7-6 New York, followed by a two-run blast to center from Judge, his ninth homer of the season, to make it 9-6.
Aroldis Chapman struck out the side in the ninth inning to earn his ninth save of the season.
Holder earned his first win of the season for escaping out of that jam in the eighth inning.
Game 36 – Yankees 5, Twins 2 on May 16, 1998
The Yankees manufatured a few runs early against Minnesota starting pitcher Bob Tewksbury, and took a 5-1 lead on a two-run single from Derek Jeter in the sixth inning.
That Jeter hit chased Tewksbury from the game, as he allowed five runs (four earned) on 10 hits, and saw his record drop to 3-6 with a 3.82 ERA. Tewksbury, known mostly for his time in St. Louis, played his last two seasons in Minnesota, and he retired after the 1998 season, which he finished with a 7-13 record and a 4.79 ERA, in 25 starts.
Ramiro Mendoza got the win for the Yankees, as he went eight innings and allowed just two runs (one earned) on four hits, with no walks and two strikeouts.
Mariano Rivera, in his second season as Yankees closer, got his eighth save of the season as he retired the Twins in order in the ninth.
Where They Stand: The 2018 Yankees, at 26-10, are one game off the 1998 pace, 27-9, through 36 games.