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Pinstriped glory, the greatest moments in Yankee history part four: The ’98 Yankees’ magnificent season

There are a few things about the Yankees that I’m very stubborn about, things that no matter how hard you debate with me I’ll just never change my mind on. For instance, Joe DiMaggio is the greatest baseball player the world has ever seen, if I ever have a son, I want him to grow up to be the man Lou Gehrig was, and the 1927 team is the greatest that baseball will ever see. However, while I am of the mindset the ’27 team is the greatest, there will never be a season more impressive than 1998. The team won 114 games in the regular season while losing only 48. They won the AL East by a mind boggling 22 games and went 11-2 in the playoffs sweeping the San Diego Padres in the World Series for the club’s 24th overall championship. Their win total regular season and postseason combined was 125 which is still a major league record to this day.

Yankees offense explodes in 12-6 win over Angels

Chris Parmelee started for the first time as a Yankee and made it a night to remember, going 3-for-5, with a double and two home runs to lead the Bronx Bombers to a 12-5 win over the Angels. The Yankees exploded for eight runs in the 6th and 7th innings combined to break away from a close game to guarantee a series win.

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The game was extremely back-and-forth. After Mike Trout's RBI single gave the Angels a 1-0 lead, Brett Gardner's RBI double and Alex Rodriguez's RBI single gave the Yankees the lead. However, Nathan Eovaldi got himself into trouble often. Former Yankee, Gregorio Petit, and Jefry Marte both hit home runs in the third and fourth innings, respectively. After Brett Gardner tied the game at 4-4 with a RBI single in the bottom of the fourth, Albert Pujols led the Angels back into the lead, 5-4, with a RBI double in the top of the fifth. Shutdown innings simply do not exist for Yankee starters.

In the sixth, after Chris Parmelee tied the game at five with a solo home run, the Yankees broke open the game with three more runs. After Carlos Beltran walked and Brett Gardner singled, Carlos Beltran's RBI double scored Jacoby Ellsbury, and then Brian McCann brought in both Gardner and Beltran with a 2-RBI single to extend the Yankees lead to 9-5.

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After Didi Gregorius singled to lead off the seventh, Chris Parmelee sent a line drive homer to right, his second home run of the game, to put the Yankees up 10-5. With Brett Gardner on first and two outs, Carlos Beltran's 16th homer of the season to left made it 12-5.

Both starters struggled. Nathan Eovaldi gave up ten hits and five earned runs in 5.1 innings, while Jered Weaver allowed nine hits and six earned runs in 5.1 innings.

Anthony Swarzak (1-0, 0.00 ERA), who came in for Eovaldi in the sixth, allowed a hit in 1.2 innings, and got out of a jam in the sixth to pick up his first win as a Yankee. Kirby Yates and Nick Goody both pitched an inning to close out the game.

Mike Trout drilled a deep solo home run to right center in the 9th, his 13th this season, off Nick Goody.

Recap by: Greg Wilson (@gregwlsn13)
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