Blue Jays hammer Orioles in Spring Training blowout victory

Jake Carter
BarnBurner Sports Writer


Wednesday, March 11, 2020


Dunedin, FL – The Blue Jays continued their strong Spring Training in the Grapefruit League on Wednesday, easily defeating the Orioles in a blowout 14-2 win at TD Ballpark.

Randal Grichuk had a monster day at the plate, going 3-for-3 with 5 RBI and two home runs. Danny Jansen was also 3-for-3 with 3 RBI including a home run, and Bo Bichette was 2-for-3 with a home run.

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. also chipped in, going 2-for-2 at the plate with 2 RBI.

Blue Jays starter Chase Anderson recorded the win, pitching three and two-thirds innings. He allowed one earned run on three hits while striking out four.

It was a quick start for the Jays, who got on the board on the very first pitch they saw. Bichette took a Tom Eshelman offering over the wall, giving Toronto a 1-0 lead.

The Jays added on after that. Eshelman’s day didn’t get any better, as just 11 pitches into his outing it was 5-0 Toronto. After Bichette, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. doubled to score a run to make it 2-0. Then, consecutive home runs by Grichuk and Jansen gave the Jays the five-run lead in the first inning.

Toronto added four more runs in the second inning. Gurriel Jr, Grichuk, and Jansen were at it again with the bat. Gurriel Jr. doubled to plate one run, Grichuk singled to score one, and Jansen had a base hit which plated two Blue Jays to open up the game with a whopping 9-1 lead. 

Eshelman only managed to pitch two innings, allowing nine earned runs on nine hits, three of which were home runs. He also struck out three and walked one batter. 

The scoring started again in the fourth inning, as Grichuk hit his second homer of the day and third of the Spring to extend the Toronto lead to 11-1.

The Jays added two more runs in their half of the fifth, as Santiago Espinal hit a two-run home run to left field to make it 13-1.

The teams traded runs the rest of the way, as Toronto claimed the 14-2 win.

Next up, Toronto will play two split-squad games on Thursday. Jordan Romano is expected to get the start when the Jays host the Canadian National Junior team in an exhibition game. Meanwhile, Trent Thornton is expected to start versus Joe Musgrove and the Pirates in Bradenton.