Blue Jays deliver historic beatdown of Red Sox, start second half with a bang

Stefan Luciani
FiredUp Network Sports Writer


Saturday, July 23, 2022

Final Score: 28-5

BOSTON–Following what has been a, despite the record, underwhelming first half of the season for the Toronto Blue Jays which had them sitting 50-43 and delivered the firing of skipper Charlie Montoyo, many weren’t sure what to expect out of them from this second half. 


Jays fans surely would have been hoping for a revival of the offense and some help in the pitching department, but what they got Friday night at Fenway, was something nobody could have expected. 


Kevin Gausman got the nod and looked fairly sharp through his five innings of work surrendering just three runs on seven hits while sitting down 10, the exact same number of punchouts the righty had in his last start against the Red Sox. 


But it was the run support provided by the Blue Jays offence that made waves on Friday night. The lineup strung together a 29 - yes, you’re reading that correctly - hit effort against the Sox to set a new franchise record for 28 total runs on the night in a 28-5 victory over their AL East rivals. 


It was a wonky one right from the start as the bats looked alive from the off with an RBI from Bichette in the top of the first to go up early. Matt Chapman crushed a two-run bomb just an inning later before Raimel Tapia managed one of the most bizarre plays you’ve probably never seen. With the bases loaded he skied one in the top of the third inning for what looked to be a routine fly-ball to deep centre field but Jared Duran, seemingly unable to locate it, was about 25 feet short when the ball crashed into the wall behind him. The bases cleared and Tapia, noticing the blunder, found another gear rounding the bases before sliding head first into home plate for an inside-the-park grand slam. 


Surprisingly it wasn’t the first of its kind in franchise history. Junior Felix accomplished the feat back on June 2nd, 1989. Funny enough, it occurred in a 7-2 win over the Boston Red Sox at their beloved Fenway Park.  


Things just kept going from there. 


The seven-run third inning was followed by a four-run fourth, and eventually an 11 run fifth inning. The fifth should have ended before the damage was done when Matt Chapman sent a pop-fly high and just in front of the plate, before catcher Kevin Plawecki and Rafael Devers couldn’t communicate and make the grab. What would have been the third out, allowed the inning to continue seeing them tally another 10 runs.. 


Lourdes Gurriel Jr. was a star in the contest delivering a career game going 6-for-7 grabbing five RBIs to boot. The wealth was shared though as all nine starters finished the night with two or more hits with long balls also from Teoscar Hernandez, and two from Danny Jansen.


“That was incredible – I've never been a part of something like that,” said starter Kevin Gausman. “Hit after hit after hit. Definitely some luck there, some bloop hits, but man, just everything went our way tonight on the offensive side, for sure.”


“It just sets the tone for the second half,” said Chapman, who finished with three hits. “Can't change what happened in the first half, you know? Sure, you can always find something that you think we need to improve on. We definitely think we could have played better. But we wanted to come out strong in the second half, we have big goals so to come out and set the tone like, that’s huge. Everybody pitched in on all facets. It's a really nice way to start off the second half.”


The Jays will look to secure a series win in the three-game set at Fenway as they go for game two on Saturday afternoon. Alek Manoah will get the nod against Kutter Crawford for the Sox. First pitch flies at just after 4PM EST