The Toronto Blue Jays started the second half of the 2022 season with an onslaught of runs as they beat the Boston Red Sox 28-5. Over the past couple of seasons, the Blue Jays have built one of the most potent offenses in all of baseball and this game was the perfect example of what they are capable of. Here is a breakdown of this historic day in Boston.
The Blue Jays looked ready to get the scoring started early.
After a strikeout to start the game, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. doubled and Alejandro Kirk followed with a single. With one out and runners on the corners, Bo Bichette stepped to the plate. The big inning however did not come about as Bichette brought home the only run of the inning with a groundout.
The Blue Jays hopped out to a 1-0 lead, but it was only the beginning.
After the Blue Jays failed to do much in the first, they started the second inning with a bang.
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. began the inning with a single. This brought up Matt Chapman who hammered a full count pitch way up into the Green Monster for a two-run homer.
The Blue Jays expanded their lead to 3-0.
The third inning started with a ground out, but was followed by a single from Kirk, a double from Bichette and a walk from Teoscar Hernandez to load the bases. Gurriel Jr. stepped up in a big spot and added two runs with a single, pushing the lead to 5-0.
Matt Chapman struck out for the second out, but that did not slow down this offense. Santiago Espinal continued the inning with an RBI single to go up 6-0.
Danny Jansen came up next and drew a walk to once again load the bases. This brought up Raimel Tapia who skied a ball to center field. Red Sox center fielder Jarren Duran started moving in as if it were just a routine fly ball. A few moments later the ball bounced off the very back of the warning track. Tapia was able to take advantage of this miscue and fly around the bases for an inside-the-park grand slam.
By the end of the inning, the Blue Jays had scored seven runs and extended the lead to 10-0.
For the third time in four innings, the Blue Jays lead-off hitter started the inning with an out. However, that did not matter. After Bichette struck out, Hernandez blasted a pitched to the opposite field over the bullpens for a big solo homer. This bumped the lead to 11-0.
Gurriel Jr. then flew out for the second out of the inning. Much like the last inning though, it did not stop them. Chapman continued the inning by getting hit by a pitch and then Espinal singled. This time though, Jansen did not feel like loading the bases again for Tapia. Instead, Jansen blasted a massive three-run homer to the top of the Green Monster.
With the help of these two homers, the Blue Jays made it a 14-0 lead.
It is said so many times that when a team is going well it all seems to fall their way. The fifth inning was the prime example of this.
This may be hard to believe, but the inning started with back-to-back outs from Guerrero Jr. and Kirk. What seemed like what could be the first three up three down inning for Red Sox pitching turned into the exact opposite.
The next 12 batters reached base which included one walk, two doubles and nine singles to score 11 runs. Yes, 11 runs scored in the inning after there were two outs and nobody on.
Here are some of the highlights of the inning. Gurriel Jr. recorded two hits, a single and double, and three RBIs. Chapman hit a sky-high pop-up that did not even reach the mound. Nevertheless, it landed between three fielders for an RBI single. Tapia hit a two-run double off the Green Monster that came up about seven feet short of his second grand slam. As well as several bloops that found the outfield grass.
Coming into the inning the Blue Jays were up 14-3, after they led 25-3.
Rather than waiting until they recorded an out, they got the offense going immediately. With the help of another miscue, Espinal reached on an error. To continue his solid day at the plate Jansen made a little more noise with a mammoth two-run homer that hit one of the signs above the Green Monster.
Jansen’s second homer of the day extended an already wild score to 27-3.
After failing to get anything going in the seventh and eighth they got back to work in the ninth. Surprisingly it took until the final inning for the Red Sox to put a position player on the mound with infielder Yolmer Sanchez.
With one on and one out, Gurriel Jr. stepped to the plate with five hits on the day. He didn’t hit the ball hard but he dumped it into center field for his sixth hit of the game. This put runners on the corners. Matt Chapman delivered the Blue Jays final run of the game with an RBI single to make it 28-5.
The modern-day MLB record for most runs in a game is 30. The Blue Jays had the chance to set the record. Unfortunately neither Espinal nor Jansen were able to make it happen.
An outpour of runs like this most certainly made some history and plenty of it.
Despite not setting the major league record for runs in a game they did have the fifth best in history. The Texas Rangers hold the record with 30 runs (August 22, 2007). Then there are the Red Sox (1950), Chicago White Sox (1955) and Atalnta Braves (2020) who all have the second most with 29.
The Blue Jays set four franchise records including 28 runs, 29 hits, a margin of victory of 23 and tied for most runs in an inning with 11. They blew their previous highs out of the water which included 24 runs (1978), 25 hits (1999) and a margin of victory of 17 (2003). This means they set their runs record in only five innings.
On the other side, this is the most runs the Red Sox have ever given up in a game. Their previous high was 27 to the Cleveland Indians in 1923.
The inside-the-park grand slam was also quite rare. It was the 226th in MLB history and the second for the Blue Jays when Junior Felix did it in 1989. The last time it happened was on September 8, 2017, by Michael A. Taylor for the Washington Nationals.
Then there is Lourdes Gurriel Jr. who recorded six hits. The last time a Blue Jays hitter did that was Frank Catalanatto on May 1, 2004, against the Chicago White Sox. He is also the first player to do it this season. The last time any MLB hitter had a six-hit game was Rafael Devers on August 13, 2019, one of three players to do it that season (Phillip Ervin and Ryan Braun).
Continuing on, Tapia and Jansen both recorded six RBIs. This is the first time in franchise history that two players had six or more RBIs in the same game. The last Blue Jay to do it was Gurriel Jr. when he had seven on September 12, 2021.
As if all of that wasn’t enough here is one that may be the most impressive of them all. 19 of the 28 runs were scored with two outs. This shattered the previous record of 13 held by the Cleveland Indians against the Boston Red Sox in 1923.
There is a good chance there was a lot more history made, but this list includes some of the biggest stories from this spectacular game.
This was a historic day for the Blue Jays at Fenway Park in a big American League East matchup. The Blue Jays are fighting to stay in the running for an American League Wild Card spot. This is a great start to the second half, but if they want to continue to win they are going to have to keep getting production from everyone in the lineup.
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