Touki Toussaint makes spring training debut

Touki Toussaint started the Braves’ spring training opener Saturday in Port St. Lucie against the Mets. He went his scheduled two innings, retiring the first four hitters before taking a ball off the foot, then serving up a two-run homer to slugger Pete Alonso.

His first inning was impressive. Toussaint came out aggressive with 11 strikes in 14 pitches. He struck out Jeff McNeil on a slippery breaking ball, induced a weak comebacker from Juan Lagares and avoided damage when Robinson Cano’s deep fly to left fell short of the wall.

The second inning wasn’t as simple. J.D. Davis hit a sharp grounder that bounced off Toussaint’s foot and opposite leg. Alonso demolished a middling strike over the center-field wall before Toussaint ended the inning with a pair of grounders.

Kolby Allard relieved Toussaint in the third inning with the teams tied at two.