(David Cone in 1998)
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 71 Games:
Wednesday night: Yankees 7, Seattle 5
The Yankees came back from 5-0 down in the fifth inning to win this one against the Mariners.
The rally began with two in the bottom of the fifth, followed by Didi Gregorius getting a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh to make it 5-3 Mariners.
Gary Sanchez launched a two-run shot to left field to tie the game at five in the bottom of the eighth.
In the bottom of the ninth, with two outs, Gregorius singled to center to keep it alive, and it brought Giancarlo Stanton to the plate in search of his first big moment as a Yankee.
Stanton delivered, launching a game-winning two-run homer to left-center field to give the Yankees the 7-5 walk-off win.
June 24, 1998: Yankees 10, Atlanta 6
Atlanta jumped out to the early lead against Yankees starter David Cone, when Ozzie Guillen led off the bottom of the first with a home run, and Andruw Jones had an RBI double in the second to make it 2-0.
Paul O’Neill hit a solo homer to get the Yankees on the board in the top of the third, and they kept the momentum going in the fourth.
Joe Girardi had an RBI double, then two runs came in on an error on a hit by David Cone, and Derek Jeter got an RBI single to make it 5-2 and chase Atlanta starter Kevin Millwood from the game.
The Yankees expanded their lead in the seventh when Chad Curtis had an RBI single, Scott Brosius had an RBI double, and Girardi had an RBI groundout to make it 8-3.
In the top of the eighth, the Yankees blew it open, as Tino Martinez had a two-run double to make it 10-3.
David Cone settled in and earned his 10th win of the 1998 season in this one, with a record of 10-2, as he went seven innings, and allowed three runs on five hits and no walks, with seven strikeouts.
Where they stand: The 2018 Yankees, at 49-22, are three games off the pace of the 1998 team, which was 52-19 through 71 games.