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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.

Tanaka, baby bombers blank Mariners in series finale

The Yankees opened the scoring in the first inning when Gary Sanchez, as predicted, launched a solo bomb into the second deck for his ninth home run in his first 21 games, marking another Yankee record. In the bottom of the first inning Tanaka had a clean one-two-three inning after Aaron Judge threw out former Yankee Robinson Cano out trying to leg out a double to end the frame.

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In the second inning the Baby Bombers continued to rake as Tyler Austin singled in Aaron Judge to extend the lead to 2-0, snapping an 0-16 skid for the youngster. In the top of the fourth inning, the Yankees extended their lead to 3-0 when birthday boy Brett Gardner hit a sacrifice fly to right field scoring Aaron Hicks. In the top of the seventh inning Mark Teixeira dunks a RBI single into left field to score Gardner to extend the Yankee lead to 4-0. The Yankees tacked on another insurance run in the top of the ninth inning when Starlin Castro drove in Brett Gardner on a sacrifice fly to left field.

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Tanaka kept the streak of good Yankee starting pitching as he allowed no runs in six innings pitched to go along with three strikeouts on 106 pitches. Tyler Clippard was brought in the eighth inning and pitch two thirds of an inning allowing two hits and picking up a strikeout. Dellin Betances was brought in to finish the eighth inning by striking out pinch hitter Mike Zunino. Betances went on to close out the game by throwing a perfect ninth while picking up two strikeouts.

The Yankees will have an off day tomorrow as they travel back home to take on the Orioles for a tthree game series. Both starting pitchers are to be determined.

Win: Masahiro Tanaka (7.0 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5K)
Loss: Hisashi Iwakuma (6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K)

Gary Sanchez: 2-3, HR (9), 2B, 2 IBB
Mark Teixeira: 1-3, RBI
Brett Gardner: 1-3, R, RBI, BB
Aaron Hicks: 2-4, R
Tyler Austin: 1-4, RBI
Nori Aoki: 2-4, 2B
Leonys Martin: 2-3, SB
Robinson Cano: 2-4

Article by: Julian Bussells

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