Blue Jays’ bats awaken vs. Reds with 3rd-most hits in franchise history

The Toronto Blue Jays are getting hot at just the right time.

With mainstays Josh Donaldson and Troy Tulowitzki finally returning to the lineup Friday after dealing with a calf and hamstring issue, respectively, the Blue Jays’ renowned offence looks to be returning to form, evidenced by their 7-3 record in their last 10 games.

Their hot streak reached a critical point Monday, however, as Toronto connected on a total of 23 hits off Cincinnati Reds pitchers, the third-highest single-game hit total in franchise history.

Only one member of Toronto’s starting lineup didn’t register a hit against the Reds, as Kevin Pillar finished the contest 0-for-6. The only other Blue Jays to not record a hit were Luke Maile, who replaced Josh Donaldson while catcher Russell Martin slotted in at third, and Darwin Barney, who pinch hit for Jose Bautista in the seventh inning.

The Blue Jays’ all-time record for most hits in a game was set on August 8, 1999, when the team erupted for 25 knocks on the road against the Texas Rangers.

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