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.
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