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9 in a Row!

Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

Blue Jays 13 Red Sox 10

That might have been the most fun I've ever had watching a baseball game. I love this team.

It didn't start out great. Drew Hutchison just didn't have it tonight. He gave up 5 runs in the first and then 3 more runs, while just getting 1 out, in the third. He left the game with the score 8-1 and it looked like it was going to be another one of those horrible nights at Fenway.

But the Jays didn't quit. We got 3 runs in the 5th inning. Singles from Justin Smoak and Kevin Pillar, followed by a double off the left field wall by Ryan Goins, getting just his 2nd hit of the month, but you can't complain about his timing. An RBI ground out for Jose Reyes and a RBI single for Josh Donaldson and suddenly it is a 8-4 game and we have some hope.

Then came the 9-run 7th. Let's go through it, our friend, Mr. Farrell, brought Matt Barnes in to pitch:

  • Kevin Pillar led off with a hard hit single.
  • Ryan Gonis hit his second double off the 'Green Monster'. 8-5.
  • Jose Reyes singles. 8-6.

Mr. Farrell brings in Junichi Tazawa. Thank you again Farrell.

  • Donaldson singles. I thought it should have been an error on Pablo Sandoval, but I won't complain.
  • Jose Bautista singles. 8-7.
  • With Bautista on first, the Red Sox tried to pick him off, he had a large lead, and Sox catcher Blake Swihart throw to first, the ball beat Bautista back but he managed to avoid the tag. There was a review but he was safe.
  • Edwin Encarnacion singled.
  • Chris Colabello hit a ground ball to my new favorite third baseman, and Sandoval booted it. This time they called it an error (it was). 8-8.
  • Russell Martin clears the bases with a triple to center. 8-11.
  • Smoak homers. 8-13.
  • After that we made 3 quick outs, but our first 9 up in the inning got on base and scored. That's pretty incredible.
That could have been the best inning of baseball I've ever seen. Well, the best meaning the one I've like the most.

We had 15 hits in all. everyone in the starting lineup had at least 1 hit. Donaldson and Smoak (a single, triple and home run) had 3 hits each. Pillar and Goins had 2 each.

The Jays almost let the Red Sox back into things in the 8th. Roberto Osuna came in and gave up two walks and run scoring single, while getting the first two outs of the inning. Brett Cecil came in to face David Ortiz and walked him, putting the tying run at the plate, but, thank goodness, he struck out Mike Napoli, or else I wouldn't have this laptop to write the recap on.

Brett gave up a 1-out walk and a RBI double in the 9th, just to test my blood pressure. Brett got his first save since May 4th.

Until Osuna came in, our relievers were doing a great job. Bo Schultz pitched 2.2 innings, allowing just 1 single. Steve Delabar and Aaron Loup each pitched a perfect inning.

Jays of the Day: Colabello (.146 WPA, with his dad in the stands), Encarnacion (.139), Martin (.112), Donaldson (.107 and he made a couple of great plays on defense) , Bautista (.101) and Goins (.100). I'm giving Smoak (.081) too, I figure 8 total bases and 3 RBI gets you a JoD. And I'm giving one to Bo Schultz, because we needed those scoreless innings. And all of us who continued watching and didn't turn off the game when we were down by 7, well, we all get honorable mention.

Suckage: Hutchison (-.410).

This is a thing of beauty:


Source: FanGraphs

There is a lot more to say about this one, but I need to go find food. I'm sure we'll talk about it more in days to come.

9 in a row!!! WOW.

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