Blue Jays defeat Braves in first home game of Spring Training

Jake Carter
BarnBurner Sports Writer


Monday, February 24, 2020


Dunedin, FL – The Blue Jays welcomed fans to their newly renovated spring-training home, TD Ballpark, with a 4-3 Grapefruit League win over the Atlanta Braves.

Shun Yamaguchi, who the Jays signed from Japan this off-season, made his first start of the Spring. He didn’t have the best of outings, as he only managed to record two outs and gave up three earned runs on three hits while walking a batter.

Atlanta opened the scoring in the first inning off Yamaguchi with an RBI single to left field from outfielder Drew Waters. The hit scored Dansby Swanson and Johan Camargo, giving the Braves an early 2-0 lead.

The next batter, right fielder Cristian Pache, followed with an RBI base hit of his own to centre field. The single scored Charlie Culberson and made it 3-0 Braves early on.   

That marked the end of Yamaguchi’s day as Conor Fisk replaced him on the mound. He struck out Alex Jackson to end the eventful top half of the first inning.

The Blue Jays responded with three runs of their own in the bottom half. Bo Bichette began with a single and it was followed by a double from Cavan Biggio that scored Bichette to make it 3-1.

After a Vladimir Guerrero Jr. walk, Randal Grichuk doubled to right field which scored Biggio and moved Guerrero Jr. to third base. Just like that, it was 3-2.

Later in the inning, a walk from Danny Jansen scored Guerrero Jr., tying the ballgame at 3-3.

After a scoreless second inning and top half of the third, Toronto went back to the plate.

Following a Lourdes Gurriel Jr. strikeout to begin the inning, Guerrero Jr. singled on a sharp line drive to left field. Next up at the plate, Grichuk walked which moved Guerrero Jr. to second base. Hernandez singled in the next at-bat. Guerrero Jr. was thrown out at home, but Grichuk and Hernandez moved to second and third base.

With Jansen up next, Grichuk scored on a balk from pitcher Ian Anderson. The error made it 4-3 Blue Jays, which stood as the final score.

Toronto is now 2-0 to begin Spring Training. Ken Giles collected his first win of the Spring, with teammate Bryan Baker recording the save. Anderson was saddled with the loss for the Braves.

Next up for the Blue Jays are two split-squad games on Tuesday. They’ll travel to Clearwater to take on the Phillies, while the other team members will face the Yankees at TD Ballpark in Dunedin.