Columbia made the most of their opportunities Tuesday night, outhit by the Braves 12-4. The Fireflies got the best of Rome, however, winning 4-3.
The win moves Columbia to 5-0 at State Mutual Stadium in 2016, and makes three straight losses for the Braves.
After having a terrible outing last start, Touki Toussaint took the mound for the Rome Braves tonight and didn’t give up a hit until the 4th inning. He went 5 innings, gave up 4 runs (3 of which were unearned), 4 walks, 1 strikeout, 2 hits on 85 pitches (48 of which were strikes). His fastball touched 95.
This is closer to the Touki we saw in his 3 starts previous to last outing, and the Touki that Braves fans have been excited about.
It seems that Touki’s biggest hurdle is not only runners in scoring position, but runners on base in general. With RISP Touki has a 14.21 ERA this season. With a runner at third – 18.00 ERA. Runners on 1st and 2nd – 12.27 ERA.
Touki also struggles this year with two outs. Most of his runs scored (13) have come with two outs.
Touki’s ERA in 2016 with the bases empty? 0.00 ERA in 18 innings pitched.
All this to say, if Touki Toussaint can harness his control with guys on base and in any type of pressure situation, he’ll be good. We know he has the stuff. We know he has the smarts. But, when guys get on base and when there are two outs, things seem to get the best of him.
Brown’s Roman Pillars of Success:
Luke Dykstra is a guy not enough Braves writers talk about. He went 3-for-5 tonight which is basically a normal night for Luke who is leading the South Atlantic League with hits by second basemen. He’s hitting .317 on the year and is a scrappy hit-for-contact second baseman. And yes, he is the son of Lenny. And he’s got a brother named Cutter who plays for the Washington Nationals Organization.
Another guy you don’t hear enough about. The Atlanta Braves are certainly blessed to have current rookie center fielder sensation Mallex Smith, but there’s a speedy kid in Rome who is turning heads right now. Didder is speedy, has a glove and can hit.
Here’s a video from tonight’s action.
@TheRomeBraves center fielder Ray-Patrick Didder CAN HIT. #Bravespic.twitter.com/LcJGDOP3HT
Custred is a big ole corn fed Texan who throws heat and has one of the best curveballs I’ve seen at the minor league level. He’s out of Texas Tech, dominated Danville last year, and is off to a slow start this year in Low-A (minus tonight). Tonight he struck out 5 batters and looked great. Don’t sleep on Matt Custred, Braves Country. And get excited about his curveball.
For a full recap from the Rome Braves game tonight, click HERE.