From now until the end of the season, we will be tracking the progress of the Yankees with their 1998 World Championship team that won 114 games in the regular season.
Through 62 Games:
Tuesday night: Yankees 3, Washington 0
Did Gregorius led the way, as he hit two solo home runs, in the second and sixth innings, to help lead the Yankees to a 3-0 win.
Austin Romine had a sacrifice fly in the second to account for the other Yankees’ run.
CC Sabathia had a great outing, as he went 5 2/3 shutout innings, allowing just four hits and three walks, with three strikeouts, to earn the win and improve to 4-1 on the season with a 3.27 ERA.
June 15, 1998: Baltimore 7, Yankees 4
The Orioles got to Yankees starter David Wells early, as Joe Carter hit a solo home run in the bottom of the first inning, followed by an RBI single in the third.
A Rafael Palmeiro RBI double made it 3-0 Baltimore in the third.
The Yankees tied it in the fourth when Ricky Ledee hit a three-run homer.
Baltimore got the lead back in the bottom of the fifth, Harold Baines had an RBI single, but Jorge Posada got a solo home run in the top of the sixth to tie it at four.
In the bottom of the sixth, Mike Bordick got a sacrifice fly to give Baltimore a 5-4 edge, and then in the seventh, Palmeiro hit a solo homer and Cal Ripken had an RBi single to make it 7-4.
Scott Erickson earned the win to improve to 7-6 on the season, as he went seven innings, allowing four runs on seven hits and a walk, with six strikeouts.
Jesse Orosco pitched two innings to close it out, and he did not allow a run or hit, while striking out two, for his fifth save of the season.
Both Erickson and Orosco spent time with the Yankees.
Erickson spent one season in New York, as he joined the Yankees in 2006 and pitched in nine games. That was the last stop in his 15-year career.
Orosco, known for pitching for the Mets in the 1980s and getting the last out of the 1986 World Series, pitched in 15 games for the Yankees in 2003. He went to Minnesota after that, and retired after that season at the age of 46.
For David Wells, this was just the second loss he suffered in 1998, as his record dropped to 8-2. He allowed five runs on 10 hits and no walks, with one strikeouts, in six innings.
Where they stand: With the win, the 2018 Yankees (43-19) gained a game on the 1998 Yankees (47-15), now four games off the pace in the quest for 114 wins.