Quarter pounders; Frye with that?

Alex Rios, Troy Glaus and Aaron Hill each homered in the first inning Tuesday night against the Indians, marking the first time in Blue Jay history that a trio of hitters has gone deep in the opening frame. Though three homers had been hit in a single inning 24 times previously, it had never occured in the first.

But while Tuesday’s feat is quite impressive, the Blue Jays went one step further back in 2001, drilling four home runs in an inning on August 17 against the Texas Rangers — the only time in franchise history to do so. Ahead 5-2 with one out in the sixth inning, Jeff Frye started the homer barrage, belting a two-run shot off Pat Mahomes, who was facing his first hitter in relief of starter Darren Oliver. Jose Cruz Jr. followed with a solo homer to make it 8-2 before Mahomes got Alex Gonzalez to fly out to left. However, Shannon Stewart and Carlos Delgado immediately hit back-to-back shots, giving Toronto four in the inning and a new franchise record.

Remarkably, the man who started the home run derby — Jeff Frye — wasn’t finished setting records quite yet. Having already managed a triple, double and home run on the evening, Frye promptly delivered an RBI single in the eighth to become just the second player (Kelly Gruber) in Blue Jay history to hit for the cycle. In doing so, he also became just the second No. 9 hitter to accomplish the feat since 1978.

Frye, who entered the game batting .219 on the season, humbly stated after the contest, “I could be the first guy in history to hit for the cycle and not be in the lineup the next day.” Though he was in the lineup on August 18, Frye played just six more games that season and was granted free agency following the 2001 campaign. Though he played in Triple-A in 2002, he never returned to the Major Leagues.

Unfortunately, the three homers account for the majority of the Blue Jays offence on this night, while the Indians do a number on A.J. Burnett … The Jays’ No. 2 starter surrenders seven runs on eight hits and four walks in just five innings of work for the loss … The bullpen continues its major woes, as Brian Tallet and Jason Frasor combine to allow five runs in just two innings … With a 2-for-3 night, Troy Glaus raises his average to .371 … Victor Zambrano makes his first start as a Blue Jay tomorrow …

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