1998: David Wells follows up his perfect game

August 11, 1998

On May 17, 1998 David Wells threw a perfect game against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium.

His next start against the Twins came almost three months later. Though the game was not perfect, the result was close to the same. From LEN3’s game story in the Strib:

The chunky Wells, facing the Twins for the first time since he tossed a perfect game at them May 17, increased his scoreless streak against them to 25 innings over three starts.

Wells became only the second pitcher this century to shut out a team in his first start against them after a perfect game. He matched the feat accomplished by Philadelphia’s Jim Bunning against the New York Mets in 1964.

Not surprisingly, Wells’ performance impressed Milton and his teammates.

“What can you say,” Milton said. “The guy threw a complete game shutout. He’s hard to beat.”

Wells required just 101 pitches to shut the Twins down in a four-hitter at Yankee Stadium.

That’s the kind of season the Yankees (86-29) are having. Tuesday’s victory put them 57 games above .500 for the first time since 1939. New York has held leads in 40 consecutive games, tying the record set by the ‘32 Yankees.

The Twins, on the other hand, dropped to 52-65. Though they were in a tie for second place in the division, they were 13 games behind Cleveland.

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