The 2021 Blue Jays season has not gotten underway exactly the way manager Charlie Montoyo would have scripted, however, Toronto has managed to find themselves with a 10-11 record and sit third in the American League East. That was until the Blue Jays returned to TD Bank Park in Dunedin, Florida to welcome the Washington Nationals, Toronto was fresh off a 1-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays heading into the first of two home games against Washington.
2021 Blue Jays: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Makes History
The Toronto Blue Jays entered the Tuesday night matchup against the Washington Nationals and they were feeling good after grinding out a one-run victory over the Rays at Tropicana field in their previous game. Enter Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and the Blue Jays on Tuesday Toronto trailing the Nationals 3-0, and with the bases loaded Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hits a grand slam over the left-field wall to give the Blue Jays a 4-3 lead heading into the fourth inning. In his next at-bat, the 22-year-old Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit’s another home run to straightaway center, his second of the game, and padded the Blue Jays lead to 7-3.
With one final at-bat of the ball game Guerrero Jr. completes the hat-trick by hitting his third home run over the right-field wall and makes history by becoming the youngest player to hit three home runs in an MLB game, Toronto goes on to win 9-3 and become winners of two in a row and now hold an 11-11 record.
George Springer Makes Debut
George Springer was the storyline heading into the second game against the Washington Nationals in as many days. The Toronto Blue Jays outfielder was finally going to make his debut with the 2021 Blue Jays on Wednesday night. Unfortunately, it was not the debut George Springer, Steven Matz, and their Blue Jays teammates were hoping for, they get beat 8-2 by the Washington Nationals.
Steven Matz was on the mound to start the second game of two against Washington, entering the game with a perfect 4-0 record so far this season. The Blue Jays right-hander suffered his worst outing of the season as he only lasted 3 2/3 innings giving up six earned runs on eight hits. The Blue Jays hot bats were non-existent in this game as through 8 innings the Jays could only manage to muster up two runs on five hits. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Bo Bichette both hit solo home runs to record the two runs for Toronto.
Ending April in Dunedin
The Toronto Blue Jays will end the month of April against the Atlanta Braves at TD Bank Park. Toronto is 11-12 heading into the three-game series with Atlanta as they continue to work towards a fully healthy lineup. The first game of the series is scheduled for Friday, April 30th, 2021, the first pitch is scheduled for 7:07 PM Eastern Time. Robbie Ray will get the call to take the ball for the Blue Jays on the mound, Robbie Ray enters with an 0-1 record and a 2.81 ERA in 2021.
The 2021 Blue Jays will hope to provide some run support for their starting pitcher as they will be coming a day off on Thursday. Game two will be on Saturday evening, the first day of May will be a pitch by committee approach for the Toronto Blue Jays, the Blue Jays have utilized a variety of pitchers in certain games to give their starting pitchers the needed amount of days off between starts. There are no starters announced for the series finale on Sunday, the Blue Jays will wait and see who they like heading into that matchup against the Atlanta Braves.
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