4 takeaways as Red Sox allow franchise-record 28 runs in loss to Jays

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The Blue Jays had a grand slam inside the park and many other highlights.

Raimel Tapia returns home safely for a grand slam inside the park. Brian Fluharty/Getty Images

It was the kind of play you might see in a Little League game, or maybe a recreational softball game, but would never expect to see in a Major League game.

A piece so shocking and stunning, you wouldn’t believe a friend in a bar if they told you what happened. You will need to watch the video several times to make sure you have seen it.

With two outs in the third inning Friday and the bases emptied, Blue Jays center fielder Raimel Tapia hit an Austin Davis slider and sent it to center field. Tapia sagged his shoulders and slumped to the ground, convinced he had flown away.

He started running, just in case, and suddenly realized Red Sox center back Jarren Duran had absolutely no idea where the ball was. No way. Duran stood on the grass with his palms up, dazed and confused as the ball hovered over his head and landed 30 feet behind him on the warning track. Once he saw it, he stood totally still and barely moved.

“It’s the most helpless feeling you can have,” Duran said. “Until you catch a fly ball at dusk, let me know.”

Leadoff batter Tapia, now fully aware of what was happening, began to sprint. He lost his helmet near second base, finished third on a mission and slumped to home plate for a grand slam inside the park to highlight an appalling Blue Jays 28-5 beating. at Fenway Park.

It was the lowest light for the Red Sox on a night that featured a lot. The 28 runs are a franchise record — not the good kind, and one that stood for 99 years — as they looked lost and moody the entire way.

Duran’s mistake weighed heavily.

It was only the third Grand Slam inside the park this millennium and the second time a Blue Jay has hit one. The other was Junior Felix, in 1989, also at Fenway Park.

Afterwards, Duran blamed Twilight, and manager Alex Cora said he didn’t believe Duran had ever seen him. Duran said he didn’t chase the ball because Alex Verdugo was already looking for it.

“I mean, Dugie was already there,” Duran said. “Obviously I should have taken a step or two, but he was already going to beat me to the ball. I just didn’t want to get in his way. What if I sprinted towards him and bumped into him or something like that? Next time, I’ll know how to take a step or two.”

Many more have gone wrong for the Red Sox.

While the game summed up everything that went wrong for the Red Sox in their first game after the All-Star break, it was just one mistake on a night full of them.

At the top of first, starter Nathan Eovaldi (2 ⅔ innings, 8 hits, 9 earned runs, 3 strikeouts, 2 walks) fielded a fly ball and threw to first for one out instead of looking at the house or second for a double game. Two innings later, Alex Verdugo jumped onto the warning track with his glove the wrong way up and missed a fly ball.

In the fourth, Davis lined up a routine ground fly, spun clockwise, and threw the ball past first baseman Christian Vázquez (playing out of necessity in a largely unfamiliar location). The next inning, catcher Kevin Plawecki, third baseman Rafael Devers and pitcher Kaleb Ott formed a triangle and watched the ball fall between them. In the sixth, Vázquez tried to correlate a high throw and spin to score Santiago Espinal but couldn’t catch it in time. The dashboard only showed two errors, but it was a lot more.

“It was hard to watch,” Cora said. “It was tough being in the dugout, to be honest with you. They know it, and I know it.

The Blue Jays also crushed the ball.

Self-inflicted injuries were expensive, but they weren’t the only reason the Red Sox lost. The Blue Jays also came to annihilate baseball completely.

They scored one in the first, two in the second, seven in the third, four in the fourth, 11 in the fifth (their most in one inning since 2016, and all with two outs) and two in the sixth. Finally, in the seventh, Jake Diekman pitched a scoreless inning.

After a horrible fifth inning, a daring young man got down on one knee and proposed. She said yes, and that was about all that happened on a dark, dismal night.

The Blue Jays came surprisingly close to the modern record of 30 runs in a game, set by the Rangers in 2007. They had 29 hits, every starter had at least two runs, and three players had at least five RBIs. They became the first team since 1922 to score 25 runs in five innings.

The Red Sox were trailing by football scores of 6-0, 14-0, 14-3, 17-3, 21-3 and 27-3. You better believe people were ready with their 28-3 Falcons memes, just in case. The Sox came very close to the most lopsided loss in Red Sox history, a 27-3 loss to Cleveland in 1923. Their minus-47 differential over the past three games is the worst in the modern era. , and they have now lost 11 out of 14 games.

It was a major setback, but there is still time to recover.

Cora said all the Red Sox can do at this point is move on and focus on Saturday’s game. While much of it was an extremely disheartening performance, it wasn’t all bleak.

Vázquez was a bright spot, with two home runs, and Jackie Bradley Jr. and Rob Refsnyder also had solo home runs for the Red Sox. They showed periodic signs of life, but it was a real beating from start to finish.

Cora explained before the game that there was plenty of baseball left to play. He’s aware of the chatter leading up to the trade deadline, but he doesn’t care much about rumours.

“At the end of the day what we do as an organization is try to improve this season and in the future,” Cora said. “We have been very vocal about it. Ranking is ranking, and we are going to be judged on what we do.

Well, it was a chance to start over, and frankly, it couldn’t have been worse. It was just one game, but it was so much more. It was like a team destined for a last place hitting an all-time low.


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