The rubber match on Thursday night featured a youth battle. Touki Toussaint took the cornerstone for the Braves against the eager fireball player, Nate Pearson, for the Blue Jays.
Pearson entered 2020 as the # 7 overall prospect in baseball, according to Baseball America, and his 100 MPH fastball was too much for the Nationals to deal with in his first major league start. However, it was Toussaint’s curveball and improved splitter that stole the show Thursday night.
Toussaint started the game with three perfect chances and noticed some early runs when Freddie Freeman hit a jerk double homer in his first race. But perhaps the most impressive part of his walk was how he responded to the little hardships he did. Toussaint made his first mistake on Bo Bichette to start the fourth entry, and unfortunately, it ended up in places, cutting the lead in half. But that did not stop Toussaint from attacking the strike area. He retired to ten out of ten Blue Jays ̵1; six of them through attack, giving him a top nine career overnight.
Toussaint ran into some trouble in the seventh, but once again, he looked like an eight-year veteran in the way he handled it. The Blue Jays started the frame with a single and a double, placing the tie twist in the second, but Toussaint was able to force two weak arguments before Brian Snitker pulled the plug and brought Tyler Matzek into the second with a contestant. Unfortunately, Matzek could not hold the league, giving up the only one who tied the game, leaving Toussaint with a no decision.
From there, it was a bullfight, which you might think would favor the Braves, but the Blue Jays lead rear end has been just as effective. Shane Greene and Mark Melancon took care of the eighth and ninth, without allowing a base, as they have almost many times been called up during the first two weeks of this season.
Order leader Braves could not come out with a hit in the eighth, and Marcell Ozuna lined up to start the ninth, bringing Nick Markakis to the plate with no one in his first full game since being activated by limited list, and he did not disappoint.
Welcome, Nick! #ForTheA pic.twitter.com/cJlwVZzbQV
– Atlanta Braves (@Braves) August 7, 2020
It was an incredible moment for the 15-year-old veteran and should have felt a bit annoying for him as he ran around the bases without fans but it sounds like he is quite happy to be back with the team.
“It was a bit strange. But this is the situation we are in. We are still here playing the game, still playing for everyone, still playing for the fans. to be, whatever it takes, we will do it. “
– David O’Brien (@DOBrienATL) August 7, 2020
However, while Markakis will come down as the hero, Touki Toussaint is the true story from tonight’s game. The 24-year-old had everything working, and he took all his steps with confidence, something Braves fans have been waiting to see from any of these young wingers. It’s his second live appearance in which he looked like he could become the footman for Max Fried, and God knows if the Braves need him to be. Fried and lead may keep this team going so far, but if Toussaint can continue to walk like that, things will be fine. We’ll get a clear picture of how far it has come next week when Atlanta travels to New York on Tuesday to confront Aaron Judge and the Bronx bombers.