Toronto Blue Jays: A True Boston Massacre


If the Toronto Blue Jays were hoping to take advantage of a weak divisional opponent, the Boston Red Sox had different ideas. They wanted to completely annihilate the Jays and there’s no denying their success.

Boston hammered the Jays for 14 runs off 18 hits. The game was essentially over after three innings of play when Boston took a commanding 6-1 lead. David Ortiz had a particularly strong night for the Red Sox, punishing the Jays with two home runs.

Jul 12, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz (34) waits in the on-deck circle during the fifth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Sports

In June, it might’ve been possible for the Jays to overcome such a large deficit, but this is July and the team’s struggles at the plate continue.

Toronto’s response to Boston? One run off three hits. That’s pathetic.

Drew Hutchison took the loss – his third loss in a row and fifth loss in his last six starts – and after a decent start to the season, it’s clear he’s run out of gas. Hutchison is almost two years removed from Tommy John surgery, but it appears he’s still recovering from the invasive surgery. His numbers on the night justify this view: he lasted just 2.2 innings, allowing six runs (all earned) off nine hits.

Hutchison threw a total of 68 hittable pitches before giving away to the bullpen, which didn’t fare any better against the Red Sox’s big bats.

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