Blue Jays Win 17-2! Seventeen to Two! Crush the Reds

HOLY! The Jays went down 1-0 in the top of the first inning of this one on a run manufactured by Billy Hamilton’s speed, but hoo boy, did things ever change in a hurry after that. Twenty three hits — the third most in club history. Here they are (plus a few walks and a holy-shit-I-can’t-believe-they-balked-in-a-run balk), inning by inning:

  • 1st inning: Donaldson walk.
  • 2nd inning: Smoak single. Martin homer (2-1).
  • 3rd inning: Donaldson single. Bautista walk. Morales walk. Smoak RBI fielder’s choice (3-1). Martin walk. Tulo GRAND SLAM (7-1). Travis single. Carrera single.
  • 4th inning: Bautista Double. Morales walk. Smoak homer (10-1).
  • 5th inning: Travis double. Carrera single. Travis balked home (11-1). Donaldson fielder’s choice RBI (12-1). Bautista single. Morales RBI single (13-1). Smoak single.
  • 6th inning: Carrera single.
  • 7th inning: Morales double. Martin double (14-2). Tulo single. Travis single (15-2). Carrera single.
  • 8th inning: Morales double. Smoak walk. Martin HBP. Goins RBI single (16-2). Travis RBI single (17-2).

The Jays, it turns out, didn’t actually need to come to the plate in the ninth inning. Basically, the 2015 version of their offence showed up for this one.


  • AD

    That was an incredible offensive display… reds might have the worst starters in the league but credit to the boys for beating the shit out of em. Smoak looks the best ive ever seen him at the plate. Not to be negative, but looks like pillar has turned back into a pumpkin, he looked a lot like 2014-2016 pillar at the plate today, chasing bad pitches. Might be time to move devo to leadoff soon? Just sayin. That could be a problem spot when we face a team that can actually, y’know, pitch.

      • AD

        I would agree with you, but these last 30 plate appearances are much more reflective of his career at the plate (2014-2016). He might not be this bad as hes shown the last 30 PAs but quantitatvely (and qualitatively) I would say hes been swinging at a lot more bad pitches lately and walking less. He seemed much more selective the first 6 weeks of the season. Definitely something to keep an eye on in the next little while.

    • Regulator Johnson

      I don’t think it’s reasonable to rave about Smoak and call out Pillar in the same comment. I think the story for the two of them is very similar: guys who were never good hitters who have hit well for two months. If anything, Pillar’s should be the most believable because there’s an actual approach change there (trying to watch more pitches) whereas Smoak is just ‘better.’ Either way, 30 plate appearances doesn’t mean much for Pillar, and neither is guaranteed to remain un-pumpkined.

  • Rob Ray

    I had to listen to tonight’s game on the Reds radio network. The announcers were Marty Brennaman and Doug Flynn. They talked very highly of the Blue Jays, having very positive things to say about Stroman, Travis, Maile and Gibbons. Doug Flynn also noted that “if you’re a fan of the other team, you hate Jose Bautista, but you’d take him on your team in a flat second” They also said the Jays showed great class and sportsmanship essentially holding the score down, taking only one base late in the game when some of those hits could have scored an extra run. They were refreshing to listen to.

  • Oz Rob

    I can’t stop looking at that lovely box score. Imagine if our offence suddenly exploded circa 2015 and our starters reverted to 2016 form. Ahhhh, to sleep, perchance to dream….and Travis should be leading off.

      • Mule or etc...

        I used to worry about that. Then a couple days ago while I was pouring excess dipping sauce back into the bottle I said to myself, “You know, if this act isn’t the tipping point, you might as well accept you’re dying of cancer or a bus.”

  • Barry

    I actually started feeling sorry for the Reds as the runs started piling up. And when Price came out to tell Buchanan he had to stay in the game I thought he should have given him a hug.