Fresh off the All-Star break, the Blue Jays find themselves for a three-game series in Boston facing the Red Sox, who sit just outside the AL Wild Card picture with the Jays occupying the third spot going into last night’s game.
With RISP being a hot topic for most of the year, the Blue Jays found their bats early and often last night, breaking the franchise single-game record by bringing in 28 runs against the Red Sox pitching staff. The Jays put up a run in almost every inning and highlighted the contest by putting up seven runs in the third and 11 runs in the fifth.
With such a strong fifth inning, the Blue Jays broke the internal record, besting their previous record of 24 runs set against the Baltimore Orioles back on June 26th, 1978. The Jays also bested another single game record by collecting 29 hits in the game, four more than the previous record set against Texas back on August 9th, 1999.
Every Blue Jays starter last night had at least two hits and two runs on the board, with Lourdes Gurriel Jr. leading the charge with six hits while Raimel Tapia and Danny Jansen had six RBI apiece in the game with the Cuban outfielder coming in right behind with five. Gurriel ties Frank Catalanotto for the most hits in a game by a Blue Jays player.
The Toronto Blue Jays broke two franchise records after demolishing Al East rivals in the Red Sox by a score of 28-5 last night in Boston.
Danny Jansen smashed two home runs while Matt Chapman and Teoscar Hernandez added home runs of their own, but it was Tapia’s inside the park grand slam that stole the show.
The Red Sox also had to resort to infielder Yolmer Sanchez on the mound in the ninth to finish out the game and the Blue Jays ended up handing Boston’s worse loss on record to the tune of 28 runs, just besting their previous worst of 27. A few defensive miscues allowed the Jays to pile on runs while the innings continued and franchise records were broken on both sides in the process.
While the Blue Jays fell just short of the MLB single game record at 30 (in the Modern Era) it was a fantastic game for the club and exactly what they needed coming out of the All-Star break. They will need to continue to carry this momentum as the fight in the AL East and playoff spots are on the line over the next couple of months.