BUFALO, NY (AP) — Vladimir Guerrero Jr. scored a career-best four-hitting outing with his major league-leading 17th home run and the Toronto Blue Jays celebrate their return to their tentative Buffalo home 5-1 celebrated. Miami Marlins Tuesday Night.
The Blue Jays are unable to play in Toronto for a second consecutive season due to Canadian health restrictions due to COVID-19.
After playing the season 10–11 at their Spring Training site in Dunedin, Florida, the Blue Jays escaped the heat and humidity to return to Buffalo, where they went 17–9 last year and secured their first playoff berth since 2016. .
A year after fans were not allowed to attend games at Sahlen Field, home of their Triple-A ally, the Blue Jays played in front of a declared crowd of 5,321.
Robbie Ray (3-2) allowed one run on six hits through six innings, and the nomadic Blue Jays picked up where they left off in their adopted home a year earlier.
Guerrero doubled in the first, hit a three-run homer in the third and added two singles. Lourdes Gurrill Jr. had three hits, including a huge solo home run.
The game ended with reliever Jordan Romano carrying loaded bases to pinch-hitter Jose Devers for a 3-2 count. The Marlins lost their fourth straight.
Marlins shortstop Jazz Chisholm scored 0 for 4, including striking twice, and made a return error after missing four games with a pain in the right ankle.
Sandy Alcantara (2-5) conceded four runs in nine hits in six innings.
The teams concluded the two-match series on Wednesday night.
Guerrero’s homer came on for a 3–0 lead after singles by Marcus Semien and Bo Bichet.
Starling Marte hit a double in the Miami fifth that went to Luis Marte, who made his major league debut.
The next time after his home run, Guerrero was greeted with “MVP!” With the slogan of In the familiar confines of a stadium where he gained fans during a brief Triple-A stint before being promoted to Toronto.
It was the type of home-field advantage that the Blue Jays felt they lacked in Dunedin, where a greater mix of fans rooted for visiting teams, including the nearby Tampa Bay Rays.
Not so in Buffalo, where many are familiar with the young core of Toronto’s roster, who spent time developing with the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons.
Eric Johnson, among many fans dressed in a Guerrero shirt and jersey, was lucky enough to land 13 rows of last-minute tickets behind home plate.
Before the pandemic, Johnson wanted to celebrate his son’s first birthday by taking him to a game in Toronto. A year later, a prominent scene of Guerrero’s explosion was accompanied by son Wesley in his arms.
“He was amazing. I mean, straight out,” Johnson said of the hit. When we heard that the Blue Jays were in Buffalo, we knew we had to go down the road to get into the game. “
Fans appeared dressed in Blue Jays, Yankees and NFL Bills gear.
The fans were divided into two sections, those vaccines being squeezed along the left-field line, and the non-vaccinated fans clustered into smaller groups along the right-field line.
The game began with some fans shouting, “Let’s go Buffalo,” a familiar thing heard at Bills and NHL Sabers games.
There were also late-game crowds, with ticket sales limited to 6,600, about 35% of the stadium’s capacity. A long line formed outside the entrance as the Canadian and American anthems were performed.
Marlins: Off Lewis Brinson (left middle finger) and RHP Alisair Hernandez (right biceps) with the Marlins at Buffalo, but are not on the active roster at the moment. Hernandez, the 60-day IL retrospective on April 4, could be active as early as Thursday. … RHP Sixto Sanchez experienced slight discomfort in his throwing shoulder between bullpen sessions last week. He’s going to stop throwing up for a few days before reevaluating. Sanchez hasn’t played a game this season and is in rehab since experiencing a right shoulder trouble for the first time in a mock game at the team’s alternate training venue on April 1. … INF Miguel Rojas (left index finger dislocated) had an X-ray, which revealed a small avulsion fracture from the dislocation of his finger. However, Rojas has started doing range of motion activities. … RHP Jordan Holloway (right groin strain) threw a 20-pitch bullpen on Sunday and is scheduled for another bullpen later this week. … RHP Jorge Guzmán (swelling of right elbow) threw a 20-pitch live batting practice session on Saturday.
Blue Jays: RF George Springer (oblique) caught some flyballs and runs to bases, but there is no timetable on when a return would be cleared.
Marlins: RHP Pablo López (1-3, 2.71 ERA) is coming off four consecutive seven-innings outings – both no decisions – in an effort to win his second straight after opening the season with three losses.
Blue Jays: Rookie RHP Alex Manoah is set to make a second start to his career after a stellar Major League debut in which he conceded two hits in six innings in a 2-0 win over the New York Yankees on Thursday. The 6-foot-6, 285-pound, 2019 first-round draft pick hit seven and walked just two in the 88-pitch outing.
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