28-5! Blue Jays make history with offensive outburst at Fenway Park

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BOSTON — He’s not much of a talker, but when John Schneider arrived at historic Fenway Park for his first road game as manager on Friday afternoon, he came prepared with an upbeat message for his team.

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“It’s great to see you,” Schneider said in his welcome speech after the All-Star break. “It’s time to go.”

It was time to go, and more, as the Jays responded to their new manager in historic fashion.

What followed was the franchise’s most impressive offensive display as the Jays scored 27 runs over the first six innings on their way to 28, two shy of the Major League Baseball record for a game.

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That outburst unsurprisingly set a Jays franchise record that had stood since June 26, 1978 when, in their toddler phase as a club, they went 24 against the Baltimore Orioles.

By the time the game happily ended, the Jays had snagged a 28-5 collage over their American League East rivals.

The display was dizzying in the first of three games of the weekend here at Back Bay in Boston as the Jays looked for that rousing start to the unofficial second half of the season. And it was invigorating, as all nine starters recorded at least two hits and two runs scored.

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“We talked about it before the game that you can come out a little sleepy or you can come out hot and we came out hot, obviously,” Schneider said. “It was just an impressive performance all around. It was really fun to watch.

“We have a very powerful range. You never expect something like this, but you appreciate it when you see it. Just try to ride the wave a bit.

The list of accomplishments was long, with records plummeting from set to set and the match still far from over as it took three full hours to finish the top six.

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An 11-run fifth inning and seven-run third provided the most explosive damage as the Jays threw five home runs on the night.

The highlight of those back-and-forths was a third-inning grand slam inside the park from Raimel Tapia, who was leading the ball and playing center court for an idle George Springer.

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And it was an adventure in itself because when the ball left his bat, Tapia ducked his head and half-heartedly ran towards the first as he expected it to be a routine ball. But when Red Sox center back Jarren Duran lost sight of the ball and dropped it behind him, the race was on.

When Tapia slid home safely, it was just the second inside-park slam in Jays history, joining a 1989 mad dash by Junior Felix at the same stadium. Tapia had an at-bat in each of the first six innings as the Jays continued to run through the order.

The Jays scored in each of the first six innings of what was also a historic assault on the Red Sox. When the visitors hit 27 – incredulous to see that number pasted on the old manual scoreboard under the green monster in left field – it was the most runs allowed by the historic franchise, a mark that has existed since the July 7, 1923.

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Unsurprisingly, of course, the Jays’ 29 hits were also a franchise mark.

And how about this for the Toronto scoring line taped to the old manual scoreboard under the green monster in left field: 1-2-7-4-11-2.

“It was unbelievable,” said Jays starter Kevin Gausman, who allowed five hits and three runs in seven innings. “I’ve never been part of anything like this. Blow, after blow, after blow.

“It’s fun to see guys succeed, so that’s great. Lots of happy guys in there. Definitely a good start to the second half.

A strong start that got better as the scorching night progressed in front of a frustrated crowd of 36,796 at the venerable ballpark.

The Jays have shown little mercy for a division rival they’ve now posted an 8-3 record against so far in 2022, a mark they’ll look to increase when ace Alek Manoah takes to the mound on Saturday. afternoon.

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Receiver Danny Jansen hit a pair of home runs, each of them undoubted, as did shots from Matt Chapman and Teoscar Hernandez.

Toronto Blue Jays No. 37 Teoscar Hernandez places a jacket on No. 9 Danny Jansen after Jansen hit a two-run homer against the Boston Red Sox in the sixth inning at Fenway Park on July 22 2022 in Boston, MA.
Toronto Blue Jays No. 37 Teoscar Hernandez places a jacket on No. 9 Danny Jansen after Jansen hit a two-run homer against the Boston Red Sox in the sixth inning at Fenway Park on July 22 2022 in Boston, MA. Photo by Brian Fluharty /Getty Images

For the first time in franchise history, all nine Jays starters recorded two or more hits in a game. It was the first time a major league team had all nine starters recording multiple hits and runs scored since 1979, when the Angels did so against the Jays.

And again, well before the end of the game, it was the first time three Jays players had recorded five or more RBIs in a game — Tapia and Jansen with six and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. with five.

And what a crazy night it was for Gurriel, whose six hits on the night tied a club record.

The Red Sox are officially in shock now, losing seven of their last eight games. In their last three games, they’ve allowed 54 runs, with opponents putting up double digits in each. With the loss, they also slipped three games behind the Jays (51-43) for the final AL wildcard spot.

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Although he never expected this type of outing in his first game on the road as manager, Schneider is certainly determined to implement his style in the team.

He made his case during a pre-game meeting in the cramped visitors’ clubhouse in a scorching Fenway.

“It just started with the reunion we had on the series and reiterating some of the things we did a little differently over the five games (Schneider got it),” the new skipper said before improving his record. at 5-1 since taking over from Charlie Montoyo, fired. “Just reinforce that this is how we think and it’s going to be good for us in the future.

“The message is a little clearer for the guys. It’s nice to get everyone together once in a while, take inventory and see how everyone is doing. I’ve always been a fan of that. »

Apparently, the players are too.

“It’s pretty cool,” Jansen said of the crazy outing. “The path we’ve come as an organization and the team we have and starting the second half like this…it’s a big thing for us.”

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