The Winnipeg Blue Bombers beat the Edmonton Elks 24-10 in the first CFL game Friday. In other CFL action, the Toronto Blue Jays topped the Boston Red Helmets by 3 touchdowns 28-5. Oh wait …
The Chicago Cubs scored 15 runs yesterday in Philly but nobody (outside of the Northside) cares. It’s a good thing the Cubbies weren’t playing Toronto last night or they would have lost … by 13 runs!
The Blue Jays had one of those nights Friday that make statisticians both laugh and cry. The average MLB team scores between 4 and 5 runs per game. Putting up 28 runs in a pro baseball game is the equivalent of an NFL team scoring 117 points!
— Tim and Friends (@timandfriends) July 23, 2022
The runs were pouring in so fast and furious that the poor scoreboard operator in the Green Monster literally lost track – giving the Jays an extra run.
Kudos to Fenway Park for having numbers that high, though. Notice that they don’t use a tens digit and a ones digit. That’s one solid board. I wonder how many numbers they have stored back there …
I doubt the scoreboard operator knew he’d be putting up the 5th-most runs for one side in an MLB game since the American League was formed in 1901.
This is only the 3rd time a team has scored 28+ runs since the turn of the century. We covered the Braves shellacking of the Marlins 29-9 back in 2020.
28 is the most runs ever scored by the Blue Jays – topping both their 24-10 win against Baltimore in 1978 and their 22-7 win (also against Baltimore) last season.
Get ready for the hilarity that are the bullet point stats from this 28-5 baseball game:
- Jays hitters were a combined 29 for 57 in the contest for a batting average of .509 and an on-base of .556
- Toronto sent 63 hitters to the plate while Boston sent just 37
- The Jays went off for 10 extra-base hits in this game – becoming the first team to score 25+ runs with double-digit XBH since the 2018 Nationals in their 25-4 July win over the Mets
- Toronto totaled 19 singles in this game – the most singles in a 20-run performance since the 2017 Twins beat Seattle 20-7 with 21 singles
- In one game, Toronto scored 28 runs which is over 75% of the runs the Angels have scored in the entire month of July (37)
- In the entire 2021 NFL regular season, there were 21 games (7.7% of the season) in which both teams combined could not reach 28 points
The Jays bats really cooled in the latter third of the game – plating 25 runs in the first 5 innings and then just 3 after that.
Every Red Sox pitcher has given up more runs than they’re recorded outs tonight (in 5 IP):
Eovaldi: 9 ER, 8 outs.
Davis: 5 ER, 4 outs.
Ort: 8 ER, 2 outs.
Hernandez: 3 ER, 1 out.
Kinda remarkable, really.
— Chris Mason (@ByChrisMason) July 23, 2022
By the end of said 5th inning Friday night, the Blue Jays had already broken the franchise record for runs in a ballgame. 28 beat the Jays previous record of 24 runs in a beatdown of the Orioles in 1978.
Games like these are fun to watch and relive. They give us a nice mental break from the daily grind of betting baseball throughout the MLB season. Hang in there, boppers!