BOSTON – Raimel Tapia ducked his head and started a slow jog to first base, unlikely he hit the desired bounce as he maneuvered a base-loaded balloon to deep center court in the third inning .
Then everything about the play – and the rest of the night – changed.
Tapia hits a big hit in the park after a bad play by Boston center operator Jarren Duranand Toronto Blue Jays set the franchise record for runs in a single game, surpassing the Red Sox 28-5 on Friday night.
Toronto ranks in round two of the modern major league record for runs in a game after trapping two runners-up in the ninth inning against the Boston quarterback. Yolmer Sanchez on the mound.
Every Blue Jays starter gets at least two hits, and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. tied Frank Catalanotto’s franchise record with six of them.
Danny Jansen homered twice and drove for six runs. Matt Chapman and Teoscar Hernandez added solo homers for Toronto, topping its previous singles game of 24 runs, booked June 26, 1978, against Baltimore Orioles.
“That was amazing,” said interim manager John Schneider. “We talked about it before the game, how you can go out a little drowsy and you can get hot. I think we came out hot, obviously.”
28 runs is the most the Red Sox have ever achieved, eclipsing the previous mark in a 27-3 loss to Cleveland in 1923.
Fenway Park followers mocked all night long – except for the video board proposal with the home team leading 25-3. The woman’s “yes” was one of the few times Boston fans found a reason to cheer.
The Blue Jays entered the day with a two-game lead over the Red Sox for the final wild card position of the US Championship. Toronto improved 7-3 against Boston this year.
Red Sox Starter Kit Nathan Eovaldi (4-3) lasted only 2⅔ rounds, allowing a runner to run faster and counted with nine runs.
That started a hit 29 night for Toronto – winner of four straight games – that has nearly as many fans of the Red Sox.
It started with Tapia’s home sprint.
With two passes in the third and Toronto leading 6-0, Tapia lifted a hit twice to center against the drug Austin Davis.
Duran took a few steps back, then a few steps in, then raised his hand in confusion. The Boston fan groaned as the ball landed warningly behind him.
“[First-base coach Mark Budzinski] started saying, ‘You have to run! You must run! “Tapia spoke through the interpreter.” That’s when I started running really hard, right there. “
Duran walks slowly towards the ball while left hand Alex Verdugo Run forward, slide to shovel it up and shoot it towards the field. The home relay was nowhere near Tapia, who picked up speed when he realized Duran had lost the ball.
“I hit it in the barrel, but at the same time I didn’t think it would go too far,” says Tapia.
Duran called the loss of the ball “the most desperate feeling you can feel”.
“I just lost it in the twilight,” Duran said. “It happened. [Verdugo] was right there. Obviously, I should take a step or two. He was going to beat me. I just don’t want to get in his way. … Next time, I know to take a step or two. “
Boston made another defensive mistake in the fifth inning. Tracking 15-3, Chapman lifted a pop-up twice on the pitch between the catcher Kevin Plaeckireliever medication Kaleb Ort and the third warrior Rafael Devers for a basic shot that allows another run to pass.
It provoked more ridicule and contempt from Boston fans, who remained in their seats. Those who stay try to make the most of a dull night at the ballpark.
Fans still stood up for Fenway’s traditional vocals on Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline”. However, on an evening as memorable as it was forgettable, it also ended with a round of boos.
The only cheer left? When Duran shows up to end the game.
The modern MLB record for runs in a game is 30, set by Texas Rangers against the Orioles on August 22, 2007. The all-time mark was 36 for the Chicago Colts against Louisville Colonels in 1897.
Kevin Gausman (7-7) scattered seven hits and three runs in five innings for Toronto.