For a second consecutive season, the only Canadian major baseball team is forced to establish its home in the facilities of its club-school at the AAA level, due to border restrictions linked to COVID-19.
It was, however, a first game for the Jays in Buffalo in 2021, as the club decided to begin operations at their spring facilities in Dunedin, Fla.
Returning to the game against the Marlins, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was the offensive star of the winners. In the third set, the Montreal native sent the ball out of bounds, while his teammates Marcus Semien and Bo Bichette were on the trails.
This was the 22-year-old athlete's 17th circuit in 2021. Guerrero Jr. returned to the top of the major league standings in this area. He has now stretched his arms once more than Ronald Acuna (Atlanta Braves), Adolis Garcia (Texas Rangers) and Fernando Tatis Jr. (San Diego Padres).
The son of the former Montreal Expos star finished his game with four hits from a safe place in as many plaque appearances. The Jays' other points were produced by Teoscar Hernandez and Lourdes Gurriel Jr.. The runner-up completed a solo homerun in the eighth inning.
At the mound, starter Robbie Ray (3-2) had a good outing. The 29-year-old southpaw gave one run on six hits and handed his rivals two free passes. He also had nine strikeouts.
The loss was added to the record of Sandy Alcantara (2-5), who was in office when Guerrero Jr. stretched out his arms.
The Blue Jays and Marlins meet on Wednesday night for the second and final duel in a short series.