Dunedin, Fla. – Matt Chapman made a home run in the bottom of the fifth inning to tie Saturday’s game 2-2 between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Philadelphia Phillies in a Grapefruit League game, where it would be sixth in the top due to rain before the game was canceled.
Chapman drilled a rocket on the left field for his second homer in the spring.
The 28-year-old, a new addition to Toronto this season (7-5), is coming to trade in mid-March.
Known best for his defense at third base, Chapman made several hard-hit balls and sent tough-looking plays to his routine on Saturday.
Jose Barrios started for the Blue Jays when he played five innings for Toronto, dropping two earned runs and six hits while striking out three batters and one was walking.
Most of Philadelphia’s (7-6) losses against Berrios came at the top of the first inning when Phillies nominee hitter Nick Castellanos drove two runs in single-center field.
In the lower half of the innings, Jesse got a run back when Teoskar Hernandez hit a ball fly to the center, forcing lead-off man George Springer to tag a run.
It was the Blue Jays’ second consecutive game after a 6-6 draw with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday.
Toronto will next face the New York Yankees in Dunedin on Sunday afternoon.
This report was first published in the Canadian Press on April 2, 2022.
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