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April 20, 1998: Bartolo bombed, but bailed out by bats

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Some things haven’t changed in 20 years... Did I mention that Donald Trump was the subject of a lawsuit?

Bartolo Colon

On this day in 1998, the Padres enjoyed their second day off in a row. A day after getting rained out in Pittsburgh, the Friars had a scheduled travel day before their upcoming series in Chicago. Fifteen other teams were also idle as just seven games were played.

  • Second-year starter Bartolo Colon had a rough outing, but those would be few and far between in 1998, as he would be named to his first All-Star squad. He gave up four earned runs on eight hits and a walk in 4.2 innings, striking out just one batter, Red Sox first baseman and 1995 American League MVP Mo Vaughn. The Indians’ offense managed five runs to absolve him of the loss, but Boston scored a fifth run of their own in the bottom of the ninth, then took the win with a walk-off single off the bat of Vaughn in the eleventh.
  • David Wells had a strong start for the Yankees, allowing a pair of earned runs in 6.2 innings, but New York’s offense was stagnant until the ninth inning when they scored a pair of their own to send the game into extra frames. The Yankees would eventually win after scoring a run off an error by Blue Jays second baseman Tony Fernandez in the eleventh inning.
  • Greg Maddux allowed four earned runs in eight innings, raising his ERA to 1.35. He still picked up his second win of the season as the Braves scored early and scored often.

Box scores and standings

Dinger tracker:

Rich Amaral, Mariners (1)

Darren Bragg, Red Sox (1)

Ben Grieve, Athletics (1)

Ken Griffey, Jr, Mariners (8)

Andruw Jones, Braves (2, 3)

Jim Leyritz, Red Sox (4)

Phil Nevin, Angels (3)

Gregg Olson, Diamondbacks (1)

Dean Palmer, Royals (6)

Manny Ramirez, Indians (5)

Alex Rodriguez, Mariners (7)

Mike Sweeney, Royals (2)

John Vander Wal, Rockies (1)

Mo Vaughn, Red Sox (6)

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