Blue Jays’ historic 28-run win options inside-the-park grand slam



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There was loads to be ashamed of from a Purple Sox standpoint Friday evening. Permitting a single-game franchise file 28 runs to the Blue Jays, who set the Toronto single-game scoring output mark, goes to make the primary 5 minutes of SportsCenter, if not lead the present. Clearly, there are a ton of stats to sift via within the aftermath of a 29-hit recreation.

These can maintain although, as a result of when there’s a spotlight that embodies a efficiency as abhorrent as Boston’s, you don’t must do a lot aside from roll the footage.

If you happen to’re asking, sure, that was an inside-the-park grand slam by Raimel Tapia. The Purple Sox have had hassle monitoring fly balls this season, and whereas Christian Arroyo was capable of preserve Joey Gallo from touching all 4 bases in that occasion, Jarren Duran was so distant from the fly ball that left fielder Alex Verdugo needed to retrieve it, and by that point there was no catching Tapia.

“I hit it on the barrel, however on the identical time I didn’t assume it could go too far,” the heart fielder stated through interpreter after the sport.

For as “hopeless” as Duran said he felt in the moment — and I’m sure there’s no worse feeling for an outfielder than losing a fly ball — I don’t think the reaction from the folks at Fenway could be described the same way.

There aren’t a lot of times that I’d like to attend a blowout, but to be in the stands while a spurt of PTSD prompts Sully and Murph to regress to the bitter, jilted Red Sox fans that people laughed at until 2004 would be such a joy. Call me a hater or schadenfreude or whatever. All I know is historically angry fans having a historically bad night at the ballpark is funny to me. (I’m the guy who laughs the angrier someone gets. It’s a disarming technique that works like 35 percent of the time.)

Every Jay in the starting lineup tallied at least two hits, Danny Jansen had three, two of them homers, and six RBI, and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. finished with six hits and five RBI. Hell, that home plate was so safe for runners Josh Hawley tried to cross it. Toronto had two on within the ninth when Purple Sox third baseman Yolmer Sanchez, on the mound at that time, mercifully recorded the ultimate out.

Had the Blue Jays drove in two extra, they might’ve tied the file for many runs scored within the trendy period. The 2007 Rangers maintain the mark (30), and solely three different groups have tallied greater than 28 runs in a recreation — the 1950 Purple Sox (29), the 1955 White Sox (29), and the 2020 Braves (29).

Tapia’s inside-the-park grand slam was the first within the majors since 2017, the second ever for Toronto, and the primary since 1989, which hysterically sufficient additionally occurred at Fenway. The 29 hits additionally was a franchise file, however solely 4 of them left the park, which someway makes it even higher.

There’s nothing like demise by a thousand singles, doubles, and errors. Oh the buffoonery!

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