Last week the Blue Jays bats put on quite a show with three consecutive blowout wins over the Boston Red Sox and the San Francisco Giants. That got me thinking about some of the top blowout wins in Blue Jays history.
Throughout their short history the Blue Jays have employed some heavy-hitting sluggers and also fielded some tout lineups that could really ruin a pitcher’s day. That has led to some pretty lop-sided scores through the years. But, what were the best of these high-scoring affairs? What parameters should we use to even determine this? The obvious one would be the number of runs scored. Another could be a mammoth game at the plate by a certain player or even players. Setting a few franchise records, or even MLB records wouldn’t hurt either.
With that being said let’s take a run through Blue Jays history and look at some of the Top blowout wins. In chronological order, here we go…
10. September 10, 1977 – Blue Jays 19 – Yankees 3
During their inaugural season in 1977 the Jays beat up on the eventual World Series champion Yankees 19-3 on September 10.
Toronto scored early and often in the blowout putting a pair of runs on the board in the first, third and fourth innings before busting it wide open with five runs in the sixth and the seventh. Al Woods had a big game going 4-6 with two RBI and four runs scored but the real star of the slaughter was third baseman Roy Howell.
Howell owned the Yankees in the win, going 5-6 with a pair of home runs, nine RBI and four runs scored. Those nine RBI set a team record that still stands to this day.
While the Jays were blasting Yankees pitchers, including roughing up future hall of famer Catfish Hunter for six runs in 3 1-3 innings, Toronto starter Jim Clancy tossed a gem. Clancy went the distance in the win allowing three runs on eight hits.
9. June 26, 1978 – Orioles 10 – Blue Jays 24
The Blue Jays set a franchise record on June 26, 1978 when they scored an amazing 24 runs in a rout of the Orioles.
Despite the fact the Orioles also scored 10 runs the game was basically over after the third inning. In the second Toronto sent 13 men to the plate and scored nine runs. After tacking on four more runs in the third the Jays were already up 13-2 with six innings left to play.
The Jays biggest contributor in the win didn’t even start the game. John Mayberry came in as a pinch hitter for Doug Ault in the second inning and in his first at bat clubbed a two-run home run. Mayberry would finish the afternoon 3-5 with two home runs, seven RBI and three runs scored. Other big contributors for the Jays in the rout were Roy Howell with four RBI and three runs scored, Rico Carty and Dave McKay with three RBI each and Bob Bailor with four runs scored.
What may be the biggest surprise was that the 24 run outburst came on only two home runs. In total the Jays had 24 hits which included seven doubles and two triples.
8. June 26, 1983 – Blue Jays 19 – Mariners 7
June 26 held some more magic five years later as the Blue Jays pummeled the Mariners 19-7 in a matchup of expansion cousins.
Toronto took an early three-run lead with one in the first and two in the second before blowing it open with six runs in the third. That gave Toronto a 9-0 lead and they never looked back on the way to the 19-7 rout.
Dave Collins had a career day, going 3-6 with five RBI and a run scored. Rance Mulliniks reached base five times on four walks and a solo home run, while Mickey Klutts launched a pair of solo homers. Ernie Whitt also went yard, a two-run shot and Cliff Johnson had three RBI.
7. September 14, 1987 – Orioles 3 – Blue Jays 18
On September 14, 1987 the Blue Jays put on quite a show for the 27,446 in attendance at Exhibition Stadium with a record-setting home run display.
The Jays were held scoreless in the first inning that day, but that would be the only inning in which they failed to get a runner across the plate. The onslaught began in the second after Ernie Whitt, Rance Mulliniks and Lloyd Moseby all went yard, putting the Jays up 5-0.
The home runs continued in the third as George Bell got in on the act and Mulliniks went yard for the second time. Whitt clubbed his second home of the day in the fifth and Bell launched another one in the sixth. Canadian kid Rob Ducey connected on a three-run blast in the seventh and Whitt crushed his third homer of the day later in the inning.
For those not keeping score at home that was nine home runs on the board, but the Jays weren’t done yet. In the eighth slugger Fred McGriff made it an even 10 with a solo home run to put Toronto up 18-3.
Those 10 home runs set a Major League record which still stands today. Whitt had five RBI to go along with his three home runs, while Mulliniks and Ducey each had three RBI. Jesse Barfield may not have been part of the home run show, but he also had a strong game with four hits.
6. August 19, 1998 – Blue Jays 16 – Mariners 2
The Mariners were on the wrong end of another Blue Jays beat down on August 19, 1998, as the Jays cruised past Seattle 16-2.
It was a banner day for both Carlos Delgado and Shawn Green as they feasted on Seattle pitching. Delgado was 3-6 with two home runs and five RBI, while Green also hit a pair of home runs and had four RBI.
Shannon Stewart reached base four times and came around to score all four times in the easy win. Jose Cruz and Darrin Fletcher hit solo home runs and Felipe Crespo blasted a three-run home run, as the Jays finished the game with seven homers.
Every Jays’ starter except Jose Canseco collected at least one hit in the win, as Toronto put 21 hits on the board.
5. August 9, 1999 – Blue Jays 19 – Rangers 4
The Blue Jays set a new franchise record with 25 hits on August 9, 1999 after smoking the Texas Rangers 19-4.
Carlos Delgado and Shawn Green proved to be the catalysts again, as both sluggers put up big numbers. Delgado was 3-5 with a home run, four RBI and two runs scored. Green went yard as well, while going 3-5 with four RBI and three runs scored.
Tony Batista also blasted a home run and he finished the day 3-5 with three RBI and three runs scored. Even Homer Bush also got in on the act, going 4-6 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored. Jacob Brumfield delivered a four-hit game and Shannon Stewart scored four runs from the leadoff spot.
4. June 25, 2002 – Blue Jays 20 – Devil Rays 11
A sparse crowd of only 10,380 showed up to Tropicana Field on June 25, 2002 to watch the hometown Devil Rays get hammered by the Jays 20-11.
Every Blue Jays starter had at least one hit in the game, as the Jays exploded for 19 hits in the victory. Leading the way were Jose Cruz Jr., Carlos Delgado and Vernon Wells. Cruz Jr. was 4-5 in the win and reached base five times. He also homered and had six RBI. Delgado homered and plated five runs and Wells was 3-6 with a home run, four RBI and two runs scored.
Shannon Stewart was a run-scoring machine again in the rout, crossing home plate five times. Felipe Lopez and Joe Lawrence also homered for Toronto.
3. August 31, 2009 – Blue Jays 18 – Rangers 10
The Blue Jays’ bats came alive in Arlington again on August 31, 2009, as they took care of the Texas Rangers 18-10.
The offense supplied by Adam Lind in that game alone was nearly enough to get the Blue Jays a victory. Lind was 3-5 with a pair of home runs with eight RBI and three runs scored in the win. Rod Barajas also hit a pair of home runs and drove in five RBI. That was 13 of the Jays’ 18 runs driven in by two players.
2. August 7, 2010 – Rays 11 – Blue Jays 17
The Blue Jays came close to tying their single-game home run record on August 7, 2010 after clubbing eight home runs in a 17-11 in over the Tampa Bay Rays.
J.P. Arencibia made his Major League debut and made an immediate impact going 4-5 with two home runs, three RBI and three runs scored. Aaron Hill also found the seats twice and had four RBI and Lyle Overbay had three RBI and a home run.
The Blue Jays big guns, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion also homered in the victory and Encarnacion was also 3-5 with a pair of runs scored.
Every Toronto starter had at least one base hit once again and in total the Blue Jays banged out 20 hits in the dominant win.
1. August 20, 2010 – Blue Jays 16 – Red Sox 2
The Blue Jays banged out another 20 hits on August 20, 2010 in a 16-2 drubbing of the Boston Red Sox. Lyle Oerbay may have earned a large portion of his contract for the year in that one game. Overbay was 4-5 with two home runs, seven RBI and three runs scored to lead the offensive barrage.
John Buck also collected hits and scored four runs in the win, while John McDonald was 3-5 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored. Jose Bautista homered and Fred Lewis scored three runs.