September 13, 2021

Blue Jays Scoring In Bunches; Orioles Making Strong Case To Get Sent To AAA

The Blue Jays scored 27 runs in a four-inning span this weekend, setting a major league record. They also scored 33 runs in a seven-inning span, which is a new record for the Live Ball Era (since 1920).

The opposing team was the Orioles, who allowed 44 runs in a 24-hour span and are making an extremely strong case that the entire franchise should be demoted to AAA, or perhaps AA. Baltimore's run differential is minus-257 and the club is on pace to finish at minus-297 runs. Only four teams in the  last 60 years (since the 162-game era began in 1962) have ever finished with a minus-300 run differential.


Saturday, September 11

Blue Jays – 021 220 4    – 11 13  1
Orioles   – 232 300 0    – 10 14  1

Blue Jays – 000 000 (11) – 11 11  1
Orioles   – 001 000   1  -  2  4  0

Sunday, September 12

Blue Jays – 51(10) 024 000 – 22 19  0
Orioles –   03  1  001 200 –  7  8  0

The 11-5-1-10 span of four innings (27 runs) set a new record, eclipsing the old mark of 25 runs, which had been done three times:

Pirates, June 6, 1894, innings 2-5 against Beaneaters (3-12-9-1)
Cubs, August 25, 1922, innings 1-4 against Phillies (1-10-0-14)
Texas, August 22, 2007, innings 6-9 against Orioles (9-0-10-6)

Texas also held the previous record for runs in a seven-inning span, with 30 on August 22, 2007. Toronto topped that with 33, with 11 in the last inning on Saturday and 22 in the first six innings on Sunday.

The Orioles allowed those 44 runs within a 24-hour period – 23 hours, 53 minutes, to be exact (4:38 PM Saturday to 4:31 PM Sunday). . . . All in a day's work.

Factoids drawn from here and there, but most came from Doug Kern:

The Orioles had thrown six no-hit innings before allowing those 27 runs in four consecutive innings!

The 11 runs and 11 hits in the seventh inning of Saturday's Game 2 were the most hits and most runs in an inning (fourth or later), by a team that entered that inning with no hits in the Expansion Era (since 1961).

It was the first time the Blue Jays scored 16 runs in two consecutive innings or within a two-inning span.

It was the second time the Blue Jays scored 11+ runs in three straight games. The other time came during the first week of the 2001 season (11 and 11 on April 4 and 5 against the Rays and 13 on April 6 against the Yankees).

The Blue Jays never had two 10+-run innings in the same season before (then they had two in 18 hours).

It was only the fourth game in franchise history (45 years, since 1977) which the Blue Jays had 5+ doubles and 5+ home runs. The other three: August 19, 1998 at Seattle, May 6, 2003 at Texas, and July 26, 2013 against Houston.

Teoscar Hernández and Lourdes Gurriel are the tenth pair of major league teammates to have 4+ runs scored and 5+ RBI in the same game. They are the first pair of teammates in MLB history to do it while each having only two hits. (Hernández (2-for-3, 4 runs, 5 RBI) got HBP twice and Gurriel (2-for-3, 5 runs, 7 RBI) walked three times.)

Gurriel is the first player in Blue Jays history to score five runs and knock in seven. His grand slam  was his third this season and he joins Carlos Delgado (1997) as the only Jays to do that.

It's also the first time in Blue Jays history two players hit grand slams in the same game (Hernández and Gurriel). It's the first time the Orioles have allowed two grand slams in a game since the 30-3 Game (August 22, 2007).

This is the first Blue Jays season in which more than one player drove in seven runs in a game (Vlad II did it on April 27).

The other game in which the Blue Jays scored 22+ runs was also against Baltimore, a 24-10 win on June 26, 1978 [094 650 00x] In that 1978 game, John Mayberry came off the bench and knocked in seven runs, tying an MLB record. He's one of three players since 1901 to do that. The others: Roy Sievers of the White Sox on June 21, 1961 (G1) and Jose Bautista of the Mets on August 16, 2018 (G1).

Danny Jansen is the second Blue Jays catcher to have 4 hits and 4 RBI in a game. Ernie Whitt did it twice: June 16, 1988 and May 20, 1989.

Spenser Watkins is only the second pitcher in Orioles/Browns history (since 1902) to give up seven runs and two home runs while recording no more than one out. Dylan Bundy did it in a start on May 8, 2018.

Sunday's game was only the fifth 22-7 game since 1901. The previous one happened on July 21, 2001 (Dodgers 22-7 at Rockies).

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