Blue Jays quarterback Rimmel Tapia claimed a rare Grand Slam win inside the park Friday night in Toronto’s historic 28-5 win over the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.
Tapia aided in the feat with a horrible defensive play by his counterpart, Red Sox center player Garen Doran.
Depending on his reaction, Tapia hit what he thought would be an easy transition to center field to finish the top of the third inning with two ends and bases loaded. But Duran never located the ball, and it just rose above his head. To compound his troubles, Duran then made no attempt to come back and get the ball back.
Tapia raced around the bases and scored with ease, putting four runs on the board while the Blue Jays increased their lead to 10-0.
According to MLB’s Sarah Lange, the Grand Slam at Tapia Inside the Park is the first major slam since Michael A. Taylor singled out in 2017. It’s the second time ever in Blue Jays history (Junior Felix also hit the feat at Fenway in 1989).
“I hit him with the barrel, but at the same time I didn’t think he would go far,” Tapia said via an interpreter.
Duran described losing sight of the ball as “the most desperate feeling you could ever feel” and explained why he didn’t make a further move to recover the ball afterwards.
“I lost her in the twilight,” Doran said. “It happens. (Alex Verdugo) was there. Obviously I should have taken a step or two. He would have already beat me on the ball. I just don’t want to get in his way. … Next time, I know I have to take a move. or two steps.
Blue Jays kept pouring it from there.
Toronto finished 28 runs To set a new team record, breaking the previous mark set in 1978 by four runs. The 28 runs It was also the most Red Sox had ever given upsurpassing the twenty-seven they gave up in the 1923 game against Cleveland.
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Only four teams have scored more rounds than the Blue Jays in a single game in the modern era: 1950 Red Sox (29); 1955 White Sox (29); 2020 Braves (29); and 2007 Rangers (30).
Every member of the Blue Jays’ starting lineup scored at least two hits on Friday, and the team finished with 29—another franchise record.
Toronto scored one run in the first, two in the second, seven in the third, four in the fourth, 11 in the fifth, two in the sixth, and one in the ninth, when the Red Sox passed third baseman Yulmer Sanchez to finish the race. out laughter.
The Red Sox used seven shooters in the game. Devotees Jake Dickman and Hirokazu Sawamura are the only ones who didn’t make a run.
Contributing: Associated Press