The Blue Jays blew a game they should have won on Friday night against the Red Sox, and they’ve been making up for it in a big way ever since.
After picking up an impressive 7-2 win on Saturday, the Jays were ready to take their offensive output up another notch, and it started right from the get-go against a helpless Sox starter in Martin Perez. The Blue Jays scored four runs in the first inning alone, and chased the veteran southpaw after 1.1 frames having allowed five earned runs on six hits and a walk.
From there the Blue Jays beat up on a relatively defenceless Ryan Weber, who was tasked with eating innings and getting the Red Sox through the outing without dissolving what was left of their already tired bullpen. In all Weber allowed 11 earned runs on 13 hits and a pair of walks, but at least he was able to get through 5.2 innings, even if it was ugly.
The relentless attack from the Blue Jays came from all sorts of angles. The first inning was highlighted by a 3-run shot from Teoscar Hernandez, who finished the day with two home runs and six RBI. If not for the All-Star level production from a pair of his teammates, Hernandez would be getting a lot more attention for the impressive work he’s done this season.
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Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was at it again and remains as arguably the hottest hitter in baseball, finishing 3-5 with a home run and three RBI, with his HR being his MLB-leading 21st of the year. Bo Bichette seems to have turned a corner and is now swinging a hot bat, as he went 4-5 including a walk and contributing a home run and three RBI as well. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. went 3-5 with a home run and three RBI, and Cavan Biggio got in the act too with a 2-4 afternoon including a home run, a double, and a walk. Even Rowdy Tellez came off the bench and added a home run in his lone plate appearance.
Add it all up and the Blue Jays broke a fairly significant record on Sunday afternoon. With eight home runs, the Blue Jays now hold the record for the most long balls by an opposing team. The former record holder was the 1967 Baltimore Orioles who had hit seven bombs in a single game, and with eight the Jays now own the record for a visiting squad. They’re also now tied with the Red Sox for the most hit by any team.
When you consider how many incredible teams have went through Fenway Park over the years, it’s pretty baffling to think about what we just witnessed. We’re talking about a field that hosted it’s first game in 1912, and a team that has shared a division with the greatest New York Yankee teams of all time (I know it wasn’t always the same division system we have now, but I’m sure you get what I’m saying). Those Bronx Bomber squads of Ruth, Gehrig, Mantle, Maris and more never pulled off what Vlad Jr. and the Jays just did.
Here’s hoping that the Jays can carry the momentum through Monday’s series finale with the Red Sox, and straight into their three-game set with the Yankees that gets underway on Tuesday. If they do even half of what they managed on Sunday night, they’re going to be pretty tough to beat.