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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Touki Toussaint returns

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It wasn’t perfect but in his first action back on the mound in over three months Touki showed the promise that makes him an attractive candidate for the Atlanta bullpen.

MLB: Atlanta Braves at Baltimore Orioles Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

(24-12) Nashville Sounds 1, (19-18) Gwinnett Stripers 2

  • Cristian Pache, CF: 0-for-2, 2 BB, .308/.379/.654
  • Orlando Arcia, SS: 1-for-4, .318/.381/.576
  • Bryse Wilson, SP: 6.0IP 5H 1ER 1BB 9K, 4.36 ERA
  • Dylan Lee, RP: 1.0IP 1H 0R 0BB 0K, 1.80 ERA
  • Jesse Chavez, RP: 1.0IP 1H 0R 1BB 1K, 2.50 ERA

Box Score

Gwinnett had a legit pitchers duel tonight highlighted by Bryse Wilson who through six innings of one run baseball while striking out nine hitters. On a night where Tucker Davidson went down, Bryse put together one of his best games of the season for Gwinnett. His only blemish of the game came in the fifth inning when he allowed a two-out double by Jake Hager, followed up by a single by Jamie Westbrook to score a run. He quickly struck out Keston Hiura next to end the inning. The trio of Dylan Lee, Yoan López, and Jesse Chavez each threw one inning of one hit baseball to close out the game for the Stripers.

Offensively, Gwinnett scored their first run in the fourth inning thanks to a bases loaded walk by Phillip Ervin, who went 1-for-2 with a walk and RBI, scored Jonathan Lucroy. The game winning run was scored in the fifth inning when Cristian Pache scored while Orlando Arcia was caught in a run down while being caught stealing. That was a rather tough sentence to put together. Other than that the Braves were held quiet - tallying just four hits and striking out nine times but did walk five times.

(23-13) Birmingham Barons 7, (20-17) Mississippi Braves 0

  • Braden Shewmake, SS: 0-for-4, .130/.180/.235
  • Justin Dean, CF: 1-for-3, BB, .239/.369/.393
  • Shea Langeliers, C: 1-for-4, .265/.375/.578
  • Odalvi Javier, SP: 5.1IP 5H 3R 2ER 1BB 7K, 1.74 ERA
  • Kurt Hoekstra, RP: 1.0IP 0H 0R 0BB 0K 1K, 4.32 ERA

Box Score

What was once a pretty nice little pitchers duel quickly got away for the Mississippi Braves in a lopsided defeat to the Barons. Odalvi had yet another really solid start giving up just two earned runs over five innings of work striking out seven hitters. The outing lowered his season ERA to 1.74 and his WHIP to 1.13. Unfortunately the bullpen, and the bats let him down and he picked up his first loss of the season. A majority of the damage came off of Sean McLaughlin who surrendered four runs in two innings of work and saw his ERA jump up to 8.22 on the season.

The bats also just could not get it done as they never mounted any real threat offensively, struck out ten times, and had just three hits. Justin Dean had the lone extra-base hit when he just missed a homer by inches, and was thrown out at third. Shea Langeliers and Terone “Trey” Harris were the only two other players to register a hit - both with just a single.

(24-12) Bowling Green Hot Rods 7, (19-17) Rome Braves 3

  • Michael Harris, CF: 1-for-4, .336/.359/.472
  • Bryce Ball, 1B: 1-for-4, R, 2B, .204/.344/.367
  • Jesse Franklin V, RF: 2-for-3, HR (6), 2 RBI, 2, .264/.305/.482
  • Touki Toussaint, SP: 3.0IP 1H 1ER 1BB 2K, 3.00 ERA
  • Freddy Tarnok, RP: 1.1IP 6H 6ER 3BB 3K, 10.13 ERA
  • Trey Riley, RP: 1.0IP H 0ER 1BB 1K, 3.26 ERA

Box Score

Touki Toussaint made his first rehab appearance since appearing on the 60-day IL for the Atlanta Braves and had a solid showing. Touki mainly featured his fastball and curveball and was able to generate a lot of swing and misses but he did hang his curveball a couple of times - one was deposited into the stands and was the lone run he surrendered, and another one was driven to deep center field before Michael Harris was able to reign it in. Overall, considering he hasn’t pitched in a game since being placed on the IL it was a promising showing by Touki who may look to join the Atlanta bullpen once he is completely healthy.

After the game our very own Wayne Cavadi was on the zoom call and was able to gather some notable quotes from Touki regarding the appearance including one to monitor and see if he can continue:

Following Touki was Freddy Tarnok making his second rehab appearance and while he showed some promise with his fastball/curveball combination he fell apart in his second inning - surrendering six earned runs, while walking three and striking out three. The stuff still flashed plus - at times overpowering hitters with his 96-97 MPH fastball and keeping them completely off-balanced with his curve.

The two pitches easily flashed plus and his potential continues to really jump out of you after not seeing him for quite some time. The promise is definitely still there and he will continue to be a player you want to watch develop over this season. Following Tarnok was the trio of Davis Schwab, Trey Riley, and Coleman Huntley who combined for 4.2 innings of zero-run baseball, however the damage was already done at that point and the bats weren’t able to really get going.

Jesse Franklin V continued to be the hottest player in the organization - going 2-for-3 with two RBI, and his sixth homer of the season (and month). In the 11 games in June, Jesse is hitting .400/.462/.971!

Outside of Jesse, the only other player to register a multi-hit game was catcher Logan Brown which included pop-up bunt that went into no-mans land and let him get to first. Of note, Bryce Ball was able to go the other way and pick up a double of his own.

(17-20) Augusta GreenJackets 3, (20-14) Columbia Fireflies 4

  • Cade Bunnell, 2B: 0-for-2, 2BB, R, .216/.392/.432
  • Vaughn Grissom, 3B: 0-for-3, .280/.386/.364
  • Brandon Parker, DH: 1-for-4, R, .169/.345/.382
  • Joey Estes, SP: 6.0IP 3H 4ER 2BB 5K, 1.93 ERA
  • Miguel Pena, RP: 2.0IP 1H 0R 0BB 1K, 8.16 ERA

Box Score

Joey Estes struggled with his slider a little today which resulted in his worst outing of the season (!!!!!!) which was still a very admirable six innings of four earned run baseball where he allowed two walks and struck out five. He gave up a pair of two-run homers as the main damage done to him. As a result of the four runs in six innings Joey saw his ERA balloon up to 1.93 on the season! But he still showed incredible promise with his fastball/slider combination - though I did not see changeups being thrown as I was watching Touki and Freddy Tarnok more closely.

Joey does a great job of locating his fastball to all sides of the plate, regardless of hitter, and the slider when he doesn’t hang it up like he did a couple times today can be filthy. Again, this was his worst outing of the season and he still performed quite well. Miguel Pena finished up the game with two innings of one-hit baseball where he struck out one.

Unfortunately, the solid pitching performances weren’t quite enough as the Augusta offense really struggled outside of some timely hitting by Landon Stephens. Brandon Parker was the only player to register an extra-base hit when he doubled, and Augusta was held to four total base-hits by Fireflies pitching.