Touki Toussaint pitched well again but the Atlanta Braves’ offense was powerless against Aaron Nola in a 2-1 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.
Toussaint was the story in this game for the Braves as he turned in another masterful performance. He sat down the first six batters he faced and struck out three of them.
Alec Bohm singled to lead off the third inning but was erased on a 6-4-3 double play. The only blemish on Toussaint’s line came in the fourth inning when Jean Segura lifted a long fly to left that landed in the seats for a solo home run. The ball left the bat at 93 mph and had a expected batting average of .150. Still, it was a home run at Citizens Bank Park and the Braves trailed 1-0. He allowed two more singles in the fourth but got Odubel Herrera to ground out to end the threat.
Toussaint allowed a one-out single to Ronald Torreyes in the fifth but struck out Segura with a nasty curveball to leave him stranded. He added two more K’s in the sixth and then two more in the seventh.
Toussaint has given the Braves a much-needed shot in the arm. He allowed five hits, one run and struck out a career-high 10 over seven innings. He didn’t walk a single batter and threw just 90 pitches.
The problem for Atlanta was that Aaron Nola was equally as good and…