Jays put on ‘rally caps’

There has been a lot of talk about the Toronto Blue Jays’ stagnant offense in recent weeks. However, that certainly hasn’t been the case over the last few games. And it especially wasn’t the case during the sixth inning on Wednesday afternoon. Toronto put up a remarkable 11 runs in that frame against the Minnesota Twins, matching the highest run total in one inning in franchise history.

The first occasion in which the Blue Jays plated 11 runs in a single frame occurred on July 20, 1984 during a contest against the Seattle Mariners at the Kingdome. Toronto entered the top of the ninth trailing 3-1. They were also without their manager, Bobby Cox, who had been ejected by Durwood Merrill in the bottom of the seventh. Coaches Jimy Williams and Al Widmar were also gone from the game, as Merrill ejected the pair of Blue Jay coaches in the top of the eighth.

Not to worry, as Toronto hitting coach Cito Gaston assumed the managing duties for the ninth, and the Blue Jays responded with an impressive display of offense. Lloyd Moseby led off the inning with a triple, and scored on a one-out single by Willie Aikens. Gaston didn’t waste any time before making lineup changes, as he summoned Alfredo Griffin to run for Aikens, and Cliff Johnson to bat for Rance Mulliniks. Johnson singled and was replaced on the basepaths by Garth Iorg. George Bell then batted for Ernie Whitt, singling Griffin to third. However, third baseman Jim Presley was called for obstruction, allowing Griffin to come home with the tying run.

After Jesse Barfield singled to load the bases, Tony Fernandez followed suit with a two-run single to put the Jays ahead 5-3. Damaso Garcia singled to score Barfield and, after a walk to Dave Collins, Moseby knocked home two more runs with a single, his second hit of the inning. Upshaw and Griffin then managed back-to-back run-scoring singles to give Toronto a 10-3 lead. Before Iorg grounded into a fielder’s choice, 10 straight Blue Jay batters had reached safely.

After Bell walked to load the bases, Barfield plated two more runs with a single, making it a 12-3 ballgame. The Mariners finally stopped the bleeding by striking out Tony Fernandez for the final out of the inning.

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