Numbers behind the Toronto Blue Jays’ dominance over the Boston Red Sox

Numbers behind the Toronto Blue Jays’ dominance over the Boston Red Sox

The Toronto Blue Jays didn’t wait long after the All-Star break to find their groove. They put down an offensive clinic on Friday night, defeating the Boston Red Sox 28-5.

Left fielder Raimel Tapia put on a show, finishing the plate with six RBIs and a grand slam, 3-for-7. That homer was an inside-the-park job — the second in Blue Jays franchise history. It’s the first inside-the-park grand slam in MLB since Michael A. Taylor did it for the Washington Nationals in 2017.

In the fifth inning, the Jays did the most damage, scoring 11 runs in that frame. Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, who played his first 20 seasons with the New England Patriots, took note of Boston’s rough night. Brady, of course, has a history of epic comebacks, most notably coming from 25 points behind to beat the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI. Unlike Brady, however, the Red Sox didn’t have such magic on Friday night.

History was made for both Boston and Toronto in this game, both good and bad.

The Blue Jays had the most runs against the Red Sox in almost 100 years. Here’s a look at some of the other numbers:

28: The 28 runs Toronto scored on Friday was the most in franchise history. It surpassed the previous mark of 24 on June 26, 1978 against the Baltimore Orioles. For the Red Sox, it set the mark for the most runs allowed in a game in franchise history. That record stood for almost a century – the Cleveland Guardians scored 27 goals against Boston on July 17, 1923.

To put that offensive attack in perspective, Friday was 8,744. Game at Fenway Park. The Blue Jays scored more runs there than any visiting team before them.

11: The 11 runs Toronto hit in the fifth set a franchise record for most in a single inning. The Blue Jays did that four more times, most recently in 2021 against the Orioles.

25: On Friday, the Jays went out in the fifth inning with 25 runs total, the most by an MLB team in five innings since 1900 (1922 Cubs).

5: For the first time in Blue Jays history, three different players had at least five RBIs (Tapia, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Danny Jansen).

29: Toronto scored 29 goals against Boston, the most in a game in team history. It surpassed a 25-goal performance on August 9, 1999 in a 19-4 win over the Texas Rangers. All nine starters each recorded at least two hits and two runs scored, as the Jays became the second team to do so since 1900 (1979 Los Angeles Angels).

19: In two-out scenarios, the Blue Jays still found ways to get runs on the board — 19 of Toronto’s 28 runs came with two outs. That’s the most two-out runs scored by a team since the Red Sox hit 22 such runs on Aug. 21, 1986.

6: Gurriel had one game of his own, going 6-for-7 with five RBIs and three runs. His six hits tied Frank Catalanotto (2004) for most in team history.

Research from ESPN Stats & Information contributed to this story.

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