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Blue Jays Vs. Boston Red Sox

By on July 30, 2014
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The Jays dealt a little bit of payback to hosts Boston Red Sox in the first game of their series on Monday night. A week after being embarrassed at home to Boston 14-1 the Blue Jays walked into Fenway and returned the favour. The Jays unloaded for 14 runs of their own in a 14-1 victory. The Blue Jays showed why they lead the league in home runs (129) hitting 2 jacks on the night, both off of the bat of Melky Cabrera. This came even without power hitters Edwin Encarnacion or Adam Lind.

Melky Cabrera led the Blue Jays offence with 2 home runs and had 5 RBI overall,Each of his home runs came from opposite sides of the plate, on clearing the green monster in left field breaking the windshield of a parked car. That’s what you call adding insult to injury after that beat down. Melky hit his first home run of Buchholz in the 1st inning and his second in the 6th off of reliever Felix Doubront. Ryan Goins who got the start at second had an unpredictable 4 RBI on 4 hits in his teams win. Goins is well known for his work in the field with his glove rather than at the plate using his bat.

On the pitching side dickey went 7 strong innings before giving the ball to Rob Rasmussen who finished off the game. His knuckleball was dancing in Boston as he racked up the strikeouts. Dickey K’d 10 batters in his outing, a season high (so far) while surrendering 1 walk and giving up 3 hits. On the other side Clay Buchholz didn’t fare as well; his line wasn’t something he would be proud of on most nights. Buchholz pitched 5 complete innings using 100 pitches; in those 5 innings he gave up 7 earned runs on 7 hits. After Clay left the game Felix Doubront could not make it out of the 6th inning, he gave up 6 runs on 6 hits in relief, Burke Badenhop finished off the 6th and the 7th innings only giving up 1 run to the Jays. Craig Breslow and Edward Mujica pitched the 8th and 9th innings respectively to get out of a bad game.

The 6th inning was a disaster for the Red Sox, the Blue Jays were able to put up 9 runs chasing Buchholz from the game and did not let Felix Doubront out of the inning either. After Kawasaki and Thole got on base for the Blue Birds, Ryan Goins doubled to score Kawasaki and start the onslaught. Thole would not stay on third long as Jose Reyes would hit a sac fly to score him. Melky would step up to the dish next and crush his second homer of the game. Jose Bautista and Juan Fransisco would reach base after Melky’s dinger and Rasmus would drive Jose in with a double of his own. Kawasaki would come back to the plate after batting around to hit his own double scoring Rasmus and Fransisco. Goins came back up to the plate and hit a fielder’s choice and scored Kawasaki again, he would drive in the first and ninth runs of the inning.

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Boston did not want the Blue Jays to have all of the fun in the 6th inning when they scored a run of their own. David Ortiz who has been swinging the Red Sox’s hottest bat singled to score David Ross. This was all the Bosox could muster on the night. The Blue Jays would get the run back in the 7th inning on a wild pitch that Melky Cabrera scored on.

R.A. Dickey may not be my favourite pitcher on the Blue Jays but he showed why they traded for him a year and a half ago. He may have pitched his best game of the season and probably did not need all of that run support, but it was most likely welcome after not getting very much in previous starts. His game was overshadowed by the Jays booming offence and they proved the loss last week was just a fluke.

Hopefully this is a lead off for a sweep against the Red Sox for the Blue Jays, but this could also be what the Red Sox need to snap them back into the real world and get serious. Losing the series to the Blue Jays could mean the Red Sox are 100% sellers at the trade deadline and some of their better pitchers may be gone. Well done Blue Jays. Melky Cabrera summed up his season on Monday night, he’s been one of the Blue Jays best hitters and showed why, can you say MVP?

 


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About Patrick O'Neill

I’m just your average 20-something guy in many ways, including my passion for sports. When I’m not working or writing, you can usually find me where the sports are: at the games, the bar, a friends place, my couch, or on the field. Most importantly, my love for Toronto sports teams is undying – some might even call me obsessed. Follow me here and @PONeill472