Biggest Losses in Boston Red Sox History

The Boston Red Sox had undoubtedly one of the worst losses in the franchise’s history on Friday, July 22. In fact, it is up there as one of the worst losses by any MLB team ever. With the wrong kind of history being made, let’s look at some of the other crazy losses in Red Sox history and how this 28-5 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays played out a few days ago.

Other Big Losses In Red Sox History

Friday night’s loss is the second worst in franchise history. In 1923 the Red Sox lost to the Cleveland Indians 27-3. The 28 runs Boston allowed on July 22 was a franchise record — breaking the record from the 1923 game against Cleveland. 

In 2016 the Angels beat the Red Sox 21-2, which marked the worst loss since 2000 and was their biggest loss of the last six years until Friday night.

In 2000 the Red Sox lost to their biggest rival, the Yankees, 22-1. It was the Yankees’ highest-scoring game since 1953.

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Details of Friday’s 28-5 Loss

The Red Sox scored five runs on four home runs. Here are some other Boston statistics from the game.

  • The Red Sox used seven pitchers, none of which pitched more than 2.2 innings.
  • Jake Diekman and Hirokazu Sawamura were the only two that did not give up a run, and each pitched one inning. 
  • 27 of the 28 runs were earned runs. 
  • The seven pitchers combined to throw a staggering 228 pitches.

The Blue Jays, on the other hand, enjoyed a Little League-like day at the park. Here are some of their insane stats:

  • Ten players recorded a hit, with nine having two or more hits and seven having three or more.
  • Eight players had an RBI, with seven having two or more. 
  • Five home runs were hit by Blue Jays, with catcher Danny Jansen hitting two.
  • Crazy games by Raimel Tapia and Lourdes Gurriel saw them have three hits and six RBIs and six hits and five RBIs, respectively. 
  • The 28 runs set the Blue Jays franchise record for runs scored in a game, a record that stood for 44 years.

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Impact and the Future

    The Red Sox have also had their fair share of heartbreaking losses throughout history. Yet winning four World Series between 2004 and 2018 seemed to cure much of that heartbreak. For Red Sox fans, let’s just hope the Red Sox wake up from the All-Star break and make a playoff push. 

    The significant loss came as a part of a series sweep by the Blue Jays and was the middle game of a five-game losing streak. Currently fourth in the AL East, the Red Sox have some work to do if they want to find themselves playing in October. That is what’s great about baseball. No matter how significant the loss was, it is only one of 162 games played — and in the record book, it is only one loss.

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