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Blue Jays: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. ends Spring Training with a walkoff

Brendan Panikkar
MONTREAL - MAY 9: Hector Luna
MONTREAL - MAY 9: Hector Luna /
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The Toronto Blue Jays and St. Louis Cardinals have officially ended their Spring Trainings after a 1-0 walkoff win. Of course, the walkoff was hit by ladimir Guerrero Jr. The Blue Jays are now primed for the Home Opener on Thursday against the New York Yankees when .A. Happ takes the mound.

The 2018 version of the Blue Jays in Montreal exhibition series was definitely not of the same atmosphere compared to years previous. This series typically took place on a Friday night and Saturday afternoon. With Opening Day coming for all 30 clubs on Thursday, this series had to be held on a Monday and Tuesday night.

Ticket sales were okay for both nights, especially considering there was a Montreal Canadiens game on the Monday. However, the shine of this series appears to be winding down. That could also be in part due to the stall in any sort of momentum towards baseball returning to Montreal. Regardless, fans of the Blue Jays in Montreal saw a great pitchers duel.

The game went into the bottom of the 9th still scoreless. Both offenses were completely shutdown by the opposition. Joe Biagini started for the Blue Jays and was fantastic. He threw 5.0 scoreless innings allowing five hits and striking out six. It was a great final outing for Biagini before his demotion to the Buffalo Bisons to be the 6th starter barring anything unforeseen roster construction wise.

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Canadian Andrew Case saw the mound and threw a scoreless inning and was followed by Danny Young, Jose Fernandez, and the eventual winning pitcher, Justin Shafer. The Cardinals starter Luke Weaver was piggy backed by Mike Mikolas, and both were impressive over 3.0 innings each. Top prospect Jack Flaherty pitched the bottom of the 9th and that is where the only runs came from, courtesy of Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

As far as spring games go, that is likely one that many fans of the Toronto Blue Jays will remember for quite a while. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. emphatically hit a walkoff off of Jack Flaherty to end spring training.

Next up, we will see the finalized 25 man roster before the Home Opener on Thursday night.

Next: Blue Jays make a mistake demoting Teoscar Hernandez

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