Touki Toussaint’s control came and went without warning, and his two biggest bugaboos - walks and home runs - came back to bite him in an eventful third inning. This will likely be the last we see of Touki this season.
While things stayed the same for Touki, it was a reversal of fortune for the Orioles. Baltimore’s offense had averaged 1.8 runs over the last five games coming into this one, and they exploded for double digits. Their starter Jorge Lopez, who came into this game with a 6.38 ERA, silenced the Braves bats over seven one-run, five-hit innings.
As it often happens with young pitchers, it was Touki’s second time through the order that proved problematic. A four-pitch walk to Cedric Mullins and an infield hit from Jose Iglesias paved the way for a three-run homer run from DJ Stewart, which was followed by a solo shot from Ryan Mountcastle. By the time Brian Snitker pulled Toussaint with the bases loaded in the third, he had allowed five runs. When Luke Jackson allowed a two-run single and a three run home run of his own, the score was 10-0 - with eight of those runs charged to Touki.
Jackson made it through the fifth inning, and allowed three additional runs to cross the plate, putting the Orioles up 13-0.
A Freddie Freeman home run in the sixth inning brought the score to 13-1. In spite of the score, Freddie continued his good work tonight, going 2-for-3 and bringing his OPS to 1.105. He was given extra rest after the sixth, allowing Austin Riley to move across the diamond, and Adeiny Hechavarria to get some work at third base.
Grant Dayton, Bryse Wilson, and Jacob Webb combined to close this one down after Jackson’s departure. Dayton walked two but didn’t allow any runs to score. Wilson - whose appearance takes him out of the running for starting tomorrow - worked the seventh, striking out two and allowing only a home run that bounced off Nick Markakis’ glove. Webb loaded the bases but worked out of the jam.
These two teams will meet again tomorrow night, with first pitch scheduled for 7:35pm ET.