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Quick Spring Recap: Jays Beat Pirates

MLB: Spring Training-Pittsburgh Pirates at Toronto Blue Jays Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Pirates 4 Blue Jays 10

The game had my wife wishing we were in Dunedin. But I don’t think I’m ready for Florida yet. There are a lot of empty seats at the game.

Best moments? Matt Chapman homered. Alejandro Kirk homered, doubled And Greg Bird homered.

We scored 2 runs on wild pitches in the 8th.


  • Anthony Kay: 1 inning, 1 hit, 1 earned. Runner scored on a sac fly to center. I thought Chavez Young had a shot at getting the runner but threw wide and past home plate. He is having a tough defensive start to spring.
  • Julian Merryweather: 1 inning, 1 k. Looked excellent. Threw 95-96, pretty good for first outing of the spring.
  • Tayler Saucedo: 1 inning, 2 strikeouts. He looked very impressive.
  • Joe Biagini: 1 inning, 1 walk,1 k. Helped out by Danny Jansen throwing out a base stealer.
  • Andrew Vasquez: 1 inning, 1 hit, 1 walk, 1 earned, 2 k.
  • Maximo Castillo: 2 innings, 2 hits, 1 earned, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts, home run
  • Graham Spraker: 1 inning, 1 hit, 1 earned, home run.
  • Hagan Danner: 1 inning, 2 hits, 2 k. He looked good.


  • Randal Grichuk: 2 for 3. Buck told us about his RBIs from last season several times.
  • Matt Chapman: 1 for 2, home run, walk. He also flew out to deep left. Nice first game.
  • Lourdes Gurriel: 1 for 3. Make two catches on fly balls where he had to go back on them. Nice to see. Second one he overrun but still made the catch.
  • Alejandro Kirk: 2 for 3. Homer and double. We were told how he is a better hitter with two strikes, which needs to be a shot.
  • Danny Jansen: 0 for 2, sac fly, k. Also threw out a base stealer.
  • Greg Bird: 1 for 3, home run. k.
  • Jordan Groshans: 0 for 2, k.
  • Gosuke Katoh: 0 for 2. Sorry Gosuke, I couldn’t remember your first name. Make the team and I’ll fix that.
  • Chavez Young: 1 for 3, k. And the bad throw from the outfield. He’s having a rough spring with the glove. It is slightly too bad, we could use a backup outfielder, who can play great defense in center.


  • Josh Palacios: 0 for 1, walk, k.
  • Orelvis Martinez: 2 walks. Add those to his home run yesterday and we can see why everyone is so high on him.
  • Nathan Lukes:1 for 2, k.
  • Otto Lopez: 0 for 2, stolen base.
  • Tyler Heineman: 0 for 1.
  • Spencer Horwitz: 0 for 1.
  • Leo Jimenez: 0 for 1, walk.
  • Eric Stamets: 0 for 1, strikeout, walk.
  • Stewart Berroa: 1 for 1. He showed a lot of speed.

Jays are now 2-1 on the spring.

The Jays travel to play the Tigers tomorrow. Alek Manoah is scheduled to start.