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 63 Games:
Wednesday night: Washington 5, Yankees 4
The Yankees got on the board early and often in this one, as Aaron Judge hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first inning, followed by a Greg Bird solo home run in the second, and a Giancarlo Stanton RBI single in the third to make it 3-1.
Juan Soto hit a three-run shot in the top of the fourth to give Washington a 4-3 lead, and Gleyber Torres responded with a solo shot in the bottom half of the frame to tie it at 4.
In the seventh, Soto was at it again, as he launched what would be the game-winning homer, a solo shot off Yankee reliever Chasen Shreve, to give Washington a 5-4 lead.
Yankees starter Sonny Gray went five innings, allowing four runs on seven hits and two walks, with a strikeouts.
June 16, 1998: Baltimore 2, Yankees 0
Sidney Ponson and Arthur Rhodes combined to shutout the Yankees, 2-0, at Camden Yards.
Ponson allowed just two hits and a walk, with four strikeouts, in 6 2/3 innings, to earn his first major league win. He was 1-4 at that point in his rookie season, and finished 8-9 that season.
Ponson went on to pitch for the Yankees in 2006, when he was 0-1 in three starts, and in 2008, when he was 4-4 in 15 starts.
Baltimore’s offense came from an RBI single by Harold Baines in the fifth inning, followed by a Roberto Alomar home run to lead off the sixth and make it 2-0.
Hideki Irabu went seven innings, allowing those two runs on seven hits and three walks, with three strikeouts, to drop to 6-2 on the season.
Where they stand: The 2018 Yankees (43-20) remain four games off the pace of the 1998 Yankees, who were 47-16 through 63 games.