How was your week

Posted: July 23, 2022 by Sports Time Radio in sports

With the emphasis being put on offense in Major League Baseball we frequently see teams reach double digits in runs scored. Just last night there were three teams that hit that mark. The Chicago Cubs put up 15 runs while the Arizona Diamondbacks scored 10 runs in their game last night, but there was one team that went above and beyond those two teams.

Last night in Fenway Park the Toronto Blue Jays scored 28 runs in their game against the Boston Red Sox.

The Blue Jays scored at least one run in seven of the games nine innings including putting up 11 runs in the Top of the 5th inning.

Every Blue Jays player who started the game scored at least two runs and Santiago Espinal and Danny Jansen each scored four times. Jansen was also one of four Toronto players who homered in the game, and he did it twice.

Every Toronto player that started recorded at least two hits and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. tied a Blue Jays record by recording six hits in the game. As a team the Blue Jays recorded 29 hits.

Nathan Eovaldi made the start for the Red Sox last night. Eovaldi pitched 2 2/3rds innings giving up 8 hits and 9 runs while walking 2 and striking out 3. Eovaldi was tagged with the loss in the game as well. Austin Davis, Kaleb Ort, Darwinzon Hernandez and Jake Diekman followed Eovaldi to the mound before utility infielder Yolmer Sanchez came in to pitch the 9th inning. Out of the five actually pitchers the Red Sox used last night Diekman was the only one that didn’t allow a run.

Now in the end it’s just one game of a 162-game season, but the fact that the Blue Jays scored 28 runs made the game different for most. I’d be very surprised if we see another team put up that many runs in a game the remainder of this season.

The Red Sox will look to bounce back in Game 2 of the series this afternoon. Kutter Crawford gets the start for Boston. Crawford is 2-2 with a 4.50 ERA in 13 games four of which have been starts. While All-Star Alek Manoah will make the start for the Blue Jays. Manoah is 10-4 with an ERA of 2.28 in 18 starts.

These two teams wrap up their three-game series on Sunday.

Is there a rule in Major League baseball that when you show Los Angeles Angels highlights especially when they involve Shohei Ohtani that you’re not allowed to say anything bad about him?

I managed to catch the highlights of Otani’s start against the Atlanta Braves last night and they led with the fact that Ohtani struck out 10 or more batters in his fifth consecutive start. Oddly as the highlight was moving along, they seemed to wait as long as they possibly could before they mentioned that he took the loss and gave up six runs.

The Braves are the defending World Series champions and have a record of 57-38 this season. Atlanta has won seven of their last ten games and find themselves just a 1 1/2 behind the New York Mets for 1st place in the National League East, so it’s not a huge surprise when a pitcher has a rough outing against them.

It just seemed very strange to me that the highlights on the MLB Network seemed to not want to say that Ohtani gave up runs in his start last night. He’s pitched very well for a team that has been a disappointment this season. Even with the loss Ohtani has a record of 9-5 with an ERA of 2.80 in his 16 starts this season. Ohtani is racking up the strikeouts as he has fanned 134 batters in his 16 starts and has a Strikeout per 9 inning rate of 12.9. Ohtani ranks 6th in strikeouts overall and he is .02 percentage points ahead of Dylan Cease of the Chicago White Sox as the Strikeouts per 9 innings leader in all of baseball.

As always don’t forget to look me up on Twitter @Burketime.

  1. I did notice once glaring thing between the Chicago Cub and Toronto Blue Jay romps last night. Both of their opponents botched easy plays that opened the flood gates to hugh run scoring innings. In the Cubs game, it was when Philadelphia misplayed a Morel double into a little league home run. And a Boston outfielder lost a fly ball in the lights which led to an inside the park home run. (Even after the batter dropped his bat in disgust and loafed to first base!)


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