Roansy Contreras flashes and Termarr Johnson homers twice Pittsburgh Pirates fall to Toronto Blue Jays 8-4

Feb 14, 2024; Bradenton, FL, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Termarr Johnson works out at Pirate
Feb 14, 2024; Bradenton, FL, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Termarr Johnson works out at Pirate / Kim Klement Neitzel-USA TODAY Sports
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The Pittsburgh Pirates dropped their third-straight game to open their 2024 spring training schedule on Monday afternoon to the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin, Florida by the final score of 8-4. The team is still winless in the early going of Grape Fruit League action. They now have an overall record of 0-3.

In the loss, Blue Jays designated hitter Brian Servern provided nearly all of Toronto's offense on Monday with five RBI across a pair of hits which included a three-run home run in the sixth inning. The Jays also had some prominent hitters in their lineup including Vladamir Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette, and Justin Turner.

For the Pirates, 19-year-old prospect Termarr Johnson provided a majority of the offense with three RBI across a pair of home runs. Non-roster invite, third baseman Sergio Alcantara also had an RBI in the game in the eighth inning. Alcantara looks to catch on as a potential utility player. Still, other players got some at-bats including catcher Henry Davis and infielder Jared Triolo. Both are in situations where they cannot afford to have below-average Springs. While stats in Spring Training "do not matter" the Bucs have positioned themselves with plenty of alternative options.

Despite the loss to the team from up North, there were a handful of positive notes to come out of Monday's matchup. This includes some of the pitchers who threw in the game. In terms of stuff, Roansy looks to be in a better spot than when fans saw him last. There were a handful of pitching prospects who appeared with Braxton Ashcraft being the most notable. The team also marched out a couple of non-roster invitees as well.