There are many different ways to break out of a slump. You could beat up on an inferior team, scratch and claw for a tough road win against a division leader, or you could simply obliterate the Rays 20-1 on their home turf. That’s right, the MLB-leading Tampa Bay Rays.
Toronto chose the third option behind a quality start from Jose Berrios and a welcome offensive outburst, something that fans have been yearning for over the past couple of weeks. All nine starting batters recorded a hit and six of them had multi-hit games. This is what Toronto’s offence is capable of.
It’s the first time they’ve scored 10+ runs at Tropicana Field since August 31, 2010, when they won 13-5 (Ricky Romero was the winning pitcher of record and Jose Bautista hit home run #43 during this game). Furthermore, it’s the most runs scored at Tropicana Field since June 25, 2002, a 20-11 win over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Interestingly enough, that game was a matter of weeks after Buck Martinez was fired as manager of the Blue Jays, and Pete Walker was the winning pitcher in that game.
#BlueJays win, 20-1.
• 4th-most runs in club history• 2nd-most hits (27) in club history
— Keegan Matheson (@KeeganMatheson) May 24, 2023
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