That’s their franchise record.
It was one of the few highlights in what has been a dismal year for the team, which is in fourth place in a five-team division, and always seems to have half the squad on the DL. Their offense has been so weak that their staff ace, Jacob de Grom, has been able to amass no better than a 7-7 record, despite leading the major leagues in ERA.
Their most consistent player has been an unheralded reserve outfielder named Brandon Nimmo. Who?? Well, whoever he is, I must congratulate their scouting staff on Finding Nimmo. (I apologize for that line. Irresistible impulse.)
The offensive explosion also provided one of the few seasonal highlights for Jose Bautista, who knocked in seven runs. He was once one of the most feared hitters in the game. In 2010 Bautista knocked 54 over the fence in the AL. The following year he hit 43 homers, adding a spectacular .447 on-base percentage. He finished in the top five in the MVP balloting in each of those seasons. But those days now seem so long ago. Ol’ Joey Bats is definitely in the twilight of his career, perhaps past the twilight and all the way into darkness. He has battled to stay over the Mendoza line the past two seasons.