Today, we continue reliving the 1998 World Series between the Padres and Yankees by remembering game two, which occurred on this day, eighteen years ago.
After a heart-wrenching game one loss to the New York Yankees, the San Diego Padres faced the very difficult task of getting even with the Bombers. To do this, they needed to pick themselves up and enter Yankee Stadium the very next night with the same energy they had the previous night.
Unfortunately, this did not even come close to happening. The Yankees jumped all over San Diego starter Andy Ashby with three run innings in both the first and second. At this point, the Padres were well on their way to returning home in a 2-0 hole in the series.
Meanwhile, as the Yankees continued to pile it on with another run in the third, their starter, Orlando Hernandez, was pitching marvelously. The native of Cuba was outstanding in his outing, earning the victory.
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San Diego really had no offense in the game, giving them no chance. While depleting their bullpen, the team could not muster up enough hits to string together any runs. As a result, the bats were silenced until they broke up the shutout with a run in the fifth, and added two additional meaningless runs in the eighth.
Highlighting New York’s offensive explosion was Bernie Williams and Jorge Posada, who each homered in the triumph. When the score was totaled, it wasn’t even a contest, as the Yankees blew away San Diego by a final of 9-3.
The Yankees coasted to a comfortable game two victory at home, granting them a commanding 2-0 series lead as they chased their 24th world championship. For the Padres, it was back to square one. The two teams would take a day to travel all the way to the west coast to play games three and four at Qualcomm Stadium. In two days, check back with Friars on Base to relive a very exciting game three.