There’s a lot to be ashamed of from the Red Sox’s point of view on Friday night. Allowing a 28-game single-game franchise record to go to the Blue Jays, who have set the output milestone for a game in Toronto, will make SportsC’s first five minutesenter, if not host. Obviously, there are a lot of stats to be picked up after a 29 hit match.
Those things can hold, though, because when there’s a highlight that presents a show as disgusting as Boston’s, you don’t need to do anything other than roll the footage.
If you’re asking, yes, it’s a big rally in the park by Raimel Tapia. The Red Sox already has trouble tracking balloons this seasonand while Christian Arroyo was able to keep Joey Gallo from touching all four bases in that case, Jarren Duran was so far from the balloon that the holder left. Alex Verdugo had to get it back, and up to that point had yet to catch Tapia.
“I hit it in the barrel, but at the same time I don’t think it will go too far,” the center operator speaks through an interpreter after the game.
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 get over it. Toronto had two goals in the ninth game when third Red Sox player Yolmer Sanchez, on the field at the time, graciously scored in the final.
If the Blue Jays drive two more, they will set the record for most recorded runs in the modern era. The 2007 Rangers hold the record (30), and only three other teams hit more than 28 runs in a single game – the 1950 Red Sox (29), the 1955 White Sox (29) and the 2020 Braves (29).
Tapia’s grand slam in the park is first in the majors since 2017, the second for Toronto, and the first since 1989, also happened in Fenway. 29 hits is also a franchise record, but only four of those left the park, which somehow makes it even better.
There’s nothing like the death of a thousand singles, doubles and mistakes. Oh gadgets!