Toussaint wins big league debut, Braves rout Marlins 9-1

ATLANTA (AP) Touki Toussaint wants to lead other Haitians to the big leagues. He set quite a compelling example in his debut with the Atlanta Braves.

The 22-year-old Haitian-American broke into the majors with six dazzling innings , leading the first-place Braves to a 9-1 rout of the Miami Marlins in the first game of a doubleheader Monday. Ronald Acuna homered and drove in three runs to make things easier for his fellow rookie.

Looking cool as can be on a sweltering summer day in Atlanta, Toussaint took full advantage of his temporary promotion to serve as the team's 26th player. He surrendered just two hits and limited the damage from his only serious jam to a single run.

The right-hander hopes word of his success gets back to Haiti, an impoverished Caribbean nation that has no passion for baseball and has never sent a native-born player to the majors.

''To be able to play on this stage, to be able to represent my country, it's definitely humbling,'' Toussaint said. ''Hopefully kids see that, go ahead and take a shot at it.''

Toussaint (1-0) was born in Florida but moved to Haiti just a few months later , living there for about eight years. He returned to Florida after his parents split up and gave baseball a try, though it didn't go well at first.

''I was terrible,'' Toussaint recalled. ''I had 24 at-bats and struck out like 22 times.''

He walked away from the game for about a year, focusing on soccer, but eventually returned to America's pastime. He took up pitching at a relatively late age, getting serious during his sophomore year of high school. He quickly blossomed into a top prospect who was picked in the first round by Arizona in 2014.

''You learn something new every single day, so it doesn't get boring,'' Toussaint said. ''That's something I gravitated towards. I love it.''

Toussaint was dealt to the Braves in 2015, one of several trades made by Atlanta to bolster its farm system during a massive rebuilding effort.

That effort is paying off big time for the Braves, who were a single percentage point ahead of idle Philadelphia at the beginning of the day and edged a little further in front leading into Game 2. Toussaint became the third pitching prospect to win his big league debut for Atlanta this season, following Mike Soroka and Kolby Allard.

Toussaint's proud mother, Kahaso Kiti, cheered from the stands and waited for him afterward outside the clubhouse at SunTrust Park.

''I can't even tell you how I feel,'' she said. ''He's my son. I'll always be proud of him. That's my baby.''

Speaking of another Baby Brave, Acuna has quickly established himself as a budding star at age 20. He hit his third leadoff homer of the season and the 16th overall with his opposite-field drive into the Braves' bullpen in the bottom half of the first off Pablo Lopez (2-3).

Acuna added a two-run double in the sixth, highlighting a five-run outburst that turned the game into a blowout.

But it was Toussaint's performance that really resonated, especially given all the hardships so many Haitians have experienced. Even those who have moved to the Dominican Republic side of Hispaniola, the Caribbean country where baseball is wildly popular and has produced more than 700 big leaguers, face brutal discrimination that keeps most from pursuing their dreams.

Toussaint wants to make a difference beyond the field.

''He's adamant about that,'' his mother said. ''He's got enough people who know him and know of him down there.''

ESCAPING TROUBLE

After breezing through the first, Toussaint ran into trouble. Derek Dietrich walked, J.T. Riddle singled and Issac Galloway tied the game with a run-scoring double that left runners at second and third with no outs.

But Toussaint retired Magneuris Sierra on a liner to left - not deep enough to allow Riddle to tag up and score. Yadiel Rivera struck out, and Lopez took a 3-2 fastball for a called third strike that ended the threat.

''He kept us off balance,'' Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. ''He doesn't really get the ball to the left side of the plate. He's a guy you've got to see and limit the plate. Just cover one side with him, really. First time seeing him gave us a little trouble.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Miami 3B Martin Prado is headed back to the DL with yet another injury. He was lifted for a pinch-hitter after straining his left quadriceps sometime in the first two innings.

It wasn't clear how Prado was hurt, but he's played only 53 games this season because of recurring hamstring issues. Last year, he was limited to a career-low 37 games because of injuries.

''It didn't sound too severe,'' Mattingly said. ''But we'll see.''

UP NEXT

Marlins: RHP Merandy Gonzalez (2-0, 5.71) was called up from Double-A Jacksonville to make his first major league start in Game 2 of the doubleheader, added to the roster as a 26th player. He made seven relief appearances for Miami this season between stints in the minors. RHP Trevor Richards (3-7, 3.98) gets the nod when the NL East rivals meet again on Tuesday.

Braves: RHP Mike Folytnewciz (9-7, 2.98) was going for his third straight win and looking to match a career high with his 10th win in the nightcap. On Tuesday, the Braves will go with RHP Anibal Sanchez (6-3, 2.83) against the Marlins.

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  • W: T. Toussaint (1-0)L: P. Lopez (2-3)
  • HR: ATL - R. Acuna (17)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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M. Prado 3B10000000.244.288.301.5880.0
a- M. Rojas PH-3B30000010.254.304.353.658-0.5
J. Realmuto C-1B10000200.291.345.499.8443.0
D. Dietrich 1B-LF31000103.274.339.438.7772.0
J. Riddle SS20100200.221.255.362.6173.0
I. Galloway RF-CF40210022.333.333.417.7503.0
M. Sierra CF30000004.167.167.200.3670.0
J. Garcia P0000-000.000.100.000.000-
b- B. Anderson PH00000100.282.362.410.7721.0
Y. Rivera 2B40000027.188.292.231.523-1.0
P. Lopez P20000012.154.214.154.368-0.5
J. Guerra P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
B. Holaday C10000010.192.244.233.478-0.5
  • a-struck out for Prado in the 3rd
  • b-walked for Garcia in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
R. Acuna LF33231200.276.337.539.87616.0
O. Albies 2B50220002.278.313.493.8064.0
F. Freeman 1B40010025.317.397.523.9210.0
N. Markakis RF41100010.326.389.509.8972.5
J. Camargo 3B41210010.262.343.454.7965.5
E. Inciarte CF40100012.249.308.351.6590.5
K. Suzuki C32100002.252.319.406.7254.0
C. Culberson SS31110102.285.332.491.8235.0
T. Toussaint P20000022.000.000.000.000-1.0
a- A. Duvall PH01000100.201.283.385.6682.0
J. Biddle P0000-000.500.5001.000.000-
C. Sobotka P101000001.0001.0001.0002.0001.0
  • a-walked for Toussaint in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - I. Galloway
  • RBI - I. Galloway
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Dietrich, Y. Rivera 3 (3), P. Lopez 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - R. Acuna (17), N. Markakis (37), J. Camargo 2 (19), C. Culberson (16)
  • HR - R. Acuna (16)
  • SF - F. Freeman (3)
  • RBI - R. Acuna 3 (37), O. Albies 2 (62), F. Freeman (72), J. Camargo (54), C. Culberson (33)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Freeman, C. Culberson, T. Toussaint 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - R. Acuna (8)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - R. Ortega
  • DP - 2 (Ortega-Rivera; Rivera-Riddle-Realmuto)
  • E - J. Riddle (3), M. Sierra
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Freeman-Culberson-Toussaint; Albies-Freeman)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
P. Lopez (L, 2-3)5.16652514.791.17-0.5
J. Guerra0.22211006.231.73-4.0
J. Garcia2.03111204.371.212.0
PITCHERSIP
P. Lopez (L, 2-3)5.1
J. Guerra0.2
J. Garcia2.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Toussaint (W, 1-0)6.02112401.500.6725.0
J. Biddle1.01001002.541.151.0
C. Sobotka2.00003300.001.004.5
PITCHERSIP
T. Toussaint (W, 1-0)6.0
J. Biddle1.0
C. Sobotka2.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - P. Lopez (3)
  • HBP - P. Lopez (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - P. Lopez 96-58, J. Guerra 20-11, J. Garcia 27-20
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - P. Lopez 7-5, J. Garcia 2-1
  • Batters Faced - P. Lopez 26, J. Guerra 4, J. Garcia 9
PITCHING
  • HBP - T. Toussaint
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Toussaint 83-52, J. Biddle 18-11, C. Sobotka 44-24
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Toussaint 7-6, J. Biddle 2-0
  • Batters Faced - T. Toussaint 22, J. Biddle 4, C. Sobotka 9
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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R. Ortega LF-RF40000000.235.278.235.5130.0
M. Prado 3B10000000.244.288.301.5880.0
a- M. Rojas PH-3B30000010.254.304.353.658-0.5
J. Realmuto C-1B10000200.291.345.499.8443.0
D. Dietrich 1B-LF31000103.274.339.438.7772.0
J. Riddle SS20100200.221.255.362.6173.0
I. Galloway RF-CF40210022.333.333.417.7503.0
M. Sierra CF30000004.167.167.200.3670.0
J. Garcia P0000-000.000.100.000.000-
b- B. Anderson PH00000100.282.362.410.7721.0
Y. Rivera 2B40000027.188.292.231.523-1.0
P. Lopez P20000012.154.214.154.368-0.5
J. Guerra P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
B. Holaday C10000010.192.244.233.478-0.5
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HITTERSAB
R. Ortega LF-RF4
M. Prado 3B1
a- M. Rojas PH-3B3
J. Realmuto C-1B1
D. Dietrich 1B-LF3
J. Riddle SS2
I. Galloway RF-CF4
M. Sierra CF3
J. Garcia P0
b- B. Anderson PH0
Y. Rivera 2B4
P. Lopez P2
J. Guerra P0
B. Holaday C1
Total28
  • a-struck out for Prado in the 3rd
  • b-walked for Garcia in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
R. Acuna LF33231200.276.337.539.87616.0
O. Albies 2B50220002.278.313.493.8064.0
F. Freeman 1B40010025.317.397.523.9210.0
N. Markakis RF41100010.326.389.509.8972.5
J. Camargo 3B41210010.262.343.454.7965.5
E. Inciarte CF40100012.249.308.351.6590.5
K. Suzuki C32100002.252.319.406.7254.0
C. Culberson SS31110102.285.332.491.8235.0
T. Toussaint P20000022.000.000.000.000-1.0
a- A. Duvall PH01000100.201.283.385.6682.0
J. Biddle P0000-000.500.5001.000.000-
C. Sobotka P101000001.0001.0001.0002.0001.0
Total33911814715-----
  • a-walked for Toussaint in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - I. Galloway
  • RBI - I. Galloway
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Dietrich, Y. Rivera 3 (3), P. Lopez 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - R. Acuna (17), N. Markakis (37), J. Camargo 2 (19), C. Culberson (16)
  • HR - R. Acuna (16)
  • SF - F. Freeman (3)
  • RBI - R. Acuna 3 (37), O. Albies 2 (62), F. Freeman (72), J. Camargo (54), C. Culberson (33)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Freeman, C. Culberson, T. Toussaint 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - R. Acuna (8)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - R. Ortega
  • DP - 2 (Ortega-Rivera; Rivera-Riddle-Realmuto)
  • E - J. Riddle (3), M. Sierra
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Freeman-Culberson-Toussaint; Albies-Freeman)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
P. Lopez (L, 2-3)5.16652514.791.17-0.5
J. Guerra0.22211006.231.73-4.0
J. Garcia2.03111204.371.212.0
Total8.01197471---
PITCHERSIP
P. Lopez (L, 2-3)5.1
J. Guerra0.2
J. Garcia2.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Toussaint (W, 1-0)6.02112401.500.6725.0
J. Biddle1.01001002.541.151.0
C. Sobotka2.00003300.001.004.5
Total9.0311670---
PITCHERSIP
T. Toussaint (W, 1-0)6.0
J. Biddle1.0
C. Sobotka2.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - P. Lopez (3)
  • HBP - P. Lopez (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - P. Lopez 96-58, J. Guerra 20-11, J. Garcia 27-20
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - P. Lopez 7-5, J. Garcia 2-1
  • Batters Faced - P. Lopez 26, J. Guerra 4, J. Garcia 9
PITCHING
  • HBP - T. Toussaint
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Toussaint 83-52, J. Biddle 18-11, C. Sobotka 44-24
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Toussaint 7-6, J. Biddle 2-0
  • Batters Faced - T. Toussaint 22, J. Biddle 4, C. Sobotka 9
  • 8TH INNING
    Albies singled to deep center, Suzuki scored, Sobotka to third, Acuna to second19
  • 6TH INNING
    Albies singled to center, Duvall and Acuna scored, Albies to second on center fielder Sierra fielding error18
    Acuna doubled to left center, Suzuki and Culberson scored, Duvall to third16
    Culberson doubled to left center, Camargo scored, Suzuki to third14
  • 5TH INNING
    Freeman hit sacrifice fly to left, Acuna scored13
  • 4TH INNING
    Camargo doubled to left, Markakis scored12
  • 2ND INNING
    Galloway doubled to deep right center, Dietrich scored, Riddle to third11
  • 1ST INNING
    Acuna homered to right center01
  • 9TH INNING
    • C. Sobotka Pitching:
    • J. Realmuto: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Realmuto walked
    • D. Dietrich: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Dietrich lined out to center
    • J. Riddle: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Riddle walked, Realmuto to second
    • I. Galloway: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Galloway struck out swinging
    • Brian Anderson hit for Jarlin Garcia
    • B. Anderson: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Anderson walked, Realmuto to third, Riddle to second
    • Y. Rivera: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Rivera struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Bryan Holaday catching
    • J.T. Realmuto at first base
    • Rafael Ortega in right field
    • Derek Dietrich in left field
    • Isaac Galloway in center field
    • Chad Sobotka relieved Jesse Biddle
    • B. Holaday: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Holaday struck out swinging
    • R. Ortega: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ortega lined out to center
    • M. Rojas: Ball, Rojas popped out to first
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Garcia Pitching:
    • K. Suzuki: Foul, Ball, Suzuki singled to right
    • C. Culberson: Foul, Culberson lined out to center
    • C. Sobotka: Strike looking, Sobotka singled to right, Suzuki to second
    • R. Acuna: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Acuna walked, Suzuki to third, Sobotka to second
    • O. Albies: Foul, Albies singled to deep center, Suzuki scored, Sobotka to third, Acuna to second
    • F. Freeman: Foul, Foul, Freeman grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Albies out at second
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Jesse Biddle pitching
    • J. Riddle: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Riddle walked
    • I. Galloway: Foul, Galloway singled to right, Riddle to second
    • M. Sierra: Foul, Sierra reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Riddle to third, Galloway out at second
    • Y. Rivera: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Rivera grounded into double play second to first, Sierra out at second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Jarlin Garcia relieved Magneuris Sierra
    • N. Markakis: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Markakis struck out swinging
    • J. Camargo: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Camargo struck out swinging
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Inciarte grounded out to second
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • T. Toussaint Pitching:
    • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Foul, Rojas grounded out to third
    • J. Realmuto: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Realmuto walked
    • D. Dietrich: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Dietrich grounded into double play first to shortstop to pitcher, Realmuto out at second
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • P. Lopez Pitching:
    • J. Camargo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Camargo doubled to right center
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Ball, Inciarte grounded out to first, Camargo to third
    • K. Suzuki: Ball, Ball, Suzuki hit by pitch
    • C. Culberson: Foul, Foul, Culberson doubled to left center, Camargo scored, Suzuki to third
    • Javy Guerra relieved Pablo Lopez
    • Adam Duvall hit for Touki Toussaint
    • A. Duvall: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Duvall walked
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Acuna doubled to left center, Suzuki and Culberson scored, Duvall to third
    • O. Albies: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Albies singled to center, Duvall and Acuna scored, Albies to second on center fielder Sierra fielding error
    • F. Freeman: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Freeman flied into double play left to second, Albies out at second
    • End of the 6th (5 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • T. Toussaint Pitching:
    • Y. Rivera: Strike looking, Ball, Rivera lined out to right
    • P. Lopez: Ball, Lopez lined out to left
    • R. Ortega: Ball, Ortega grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • P. Lopez Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Strike looking, Acuna safe at first on shortstop Riddle throwing error
    • O. Albies: Ball, Ball, Acuna stole second, Pickoff attempt, Albies grounded out to shortstop, Acuna to third
    • F. Freeman: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Freeman hit sacrifice fly to left, Acuna scored
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Ball, Markakis grounded out to first
    • End of the 5th (1 Run, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 4TH INNING
    • T. Toussaint Pitching:
    • J. Riddle: Strike looking, Riddle grounded out to second
    • I. Galloway: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Galloway struck out swinging
    • M. Sierra: Strike swinging, Sierra grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • P. Lopez Pitching:
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Strike swinging, Markakis doubled to deep right center
    • J. Camargo: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Camargo doubled to left, Markakis scored
    • E. Inciarte: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Inciarte struck out swinging
    • K. Suzuki: Ball, Strike swinging, Suzuki grounded out to third
    • C. Culberson: Culberson intentionally walked
    • T. Toussaint: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Toussaint struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • T. Toussaint Pitching:
    • R. Ortega: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ortega grounded out to pitcher
    • Miguel Rojas hit for Martin Prado
    • M. Rojas: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Rojas struck out swinging
    • J. Realmuto: Ball, Realmuto hit by pitch
    • D. Dietrich: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Dietrich popped out to first
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • P. Lopez Pitching:
    • T. Toussaint: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Toussaint struck out looking
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Acuna walked
    • O. Albies: Foul, Albies popped out to second
    • F. Freeman: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Freeman struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • T. Toussaint Pitching:
    • D. Dietrich: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Dietrich walked
    • J. Riddle: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Riddle singled to center, Dietrich to second
    • I. Galloway: Galloway doubled to deep right center, Dietrich scored, Riddle to third
    • M. Sierra: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Sierra lined out to left
    • Y. Rivera: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Rivera struck out swinging
    • P. Lopez: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Lopez struck out looking
    • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • P. Lopez Pitching:
    • J. Camargo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Camargo grounded out to second
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Inciarte singled to center
    • K. Suzuki: Ball, Suzuki lined out to right
    • C. Culberson: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Culberson fouled out to first
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • T. Toussaint Pitching:
    • R. Ortega: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ortega grounded out to third
    • M. Prado: Strike looking, Prado flied out to right
    • J. Realmuto: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Realmuto popped out to second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • P. Lopez Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Acuna homered to right center
    • O. Albies: Foul, Foul, Ball, Albies flied out to left
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Freeman struck out swinging
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Markakis grounded out to third
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)