Amanda's album - Pirates vs. Jays - March 25

Port Dover, Ont., native John Axford continued his strong spring by striking out three Pittsburgh Pirates batters in 1-1/3 innings on Sunday at Dunedin Stadium. His Grapefruit League ERA now sits at 1.13 in eight outings. 

Port Dover, Ont., native John Axford continued his strong spring by striking out three Pittsburgh Pirates batters in 1-1/3 innings on Sunday at Dunedin Stadium. His Grapefruit League ERA now sits at 1.13 in eight outings. 

By Amanda Fewer

Canadian Baseball Network

The Toronto Blue Jays were defeated 7-4 by the Pittsburgh Pirates in their final Grapefruit League game in Dunedin this spring.

Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada was roughed up for five earned runs in 2-2/3 innings in his final exhibition start. On a positive note for the Blue Jays, Steve Pearce homered in the second inning and prospects Cavan Biggio and Roemon Fields recorded two hits apiece.

Here are some photos from Sunday at Dunedin Stadium:

Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada allowed five runs in 2-2/3 innings in his final pre-season start.

Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada allowed five runs in 2-2/3 innings in his final pre-season start.

Toronto Blue Jays left fielder Steve Pearce smacked his first home run of the spring when we went deep in the second inning off Pirates starter Joe Musgrove.

Toronto Blue Jays left fielder Steve Pearce smacked his first home run of the spring when we went deep in the second inning off Pirates starter Joe Musgrove.

Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis batted leadoff and went 1-for-3 with a double.

Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis batted leadoff and went 1-for-3 with a double.

Canadian John Axford (Port Dover, Ont.) retired all four bases he faced, including three by strikeouts.

Canadian John Axford (Port Dover, Ont.) retired all four bases he faced, including three by strikeouts.

Blue Jays outfielder Roemon Fields registered two more hits. He now has a .370 batting average in 25 games this spring.

Blue Jays outfielder Roemon Fields registered two more hits. He now has a .370 batting average in 25 games this spring.

Blue Jays infielder Jason Leblebijian, seen here blowing a bubble, has impressed this spring, posting a .357 on-base percentage in 24 games.

Blue Jays infielder Jason Leblebijian, seen here blowing a bubble, has impressed this spring, posting a .357 on-base percentage in 24 games.