Blue Jays surrender high-scoring loss to Pirates

Jake Carter
BarnBurner Sports Writer


Friday, March 6, 2020


Dunedin, FL – In a wild Grapefuit League game on Friday afternoon, the Pirates defeated the Blue Jays 19-13 at TD Ballpark in Dunedin.

Chase Anderson got the start for Toronto, and only managed to throw three innings while allowing six earned runs on seven hits. He also gave up three home runs while walking two batters and striking out one.

The Pirates jumped out an early 1-0 in the top of the second inning and added three more runs in the third. Toronto responded in the bottom of the third, as Jonathan Davis hit a three-run home run after the Jays had already plated four runs in the inning to make it a 7-4 game.

It was a back-and-forth contest, with the teams trading runs to eventually make it a 10-7 game for Toronto after the sixth inning.

But the next two innings wouldn’t be as kind to the Jays, as Pittsburgh scored six runs in both the seventh and eighth frames to re-take the lead at 19-10. Phillip Evans had a grand slam for the Pirates in the seventh, which was followed by a Bligh Madris home run.

Toronto scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth off a Ruben Tejada three-run shot, but that was all they could plate in the high-scoring loss.

Davis had three RBI’s after his home run for Toronto. Bo Bichette was 1-for-2 on the day with a hit, while Lourdes Gurriel Jr. went 3-for-3 in the game. Jays DH Randal Grichuk also had a good day at the plate, going 1-for-3 with three runs batted in.

T.J. Zeuch picked up the loss for Toronto. He allowed six runs (three earned), while allowing four hits in his one inning of work.

Williams Jerez collected the win for Pittsburgh, as he struck out one batter in two-thirds of an inning.

It was a tough day all-around for the Jays’ pitchers, as they gave up seven home runs in total in the loss.

The Jays are now 6-5 this Spring, while the Pirates are 3-11.

Next up for the Blue Jays is a split-squad game against the Red Sox on Saturday.