Offense has been hard to come by for the Mississippi Braves this season, especially since Austin Riley was promoted to Gwinnett. Tonight... everything came together. The M-Braves defeated Jacksonville 17-1, a score that included an 11-run bottom of the 5th.
Starting pitcher Touki Toussaint was sharp, going 5 innings and allowing one unearned run and striking out 4. After the 5th, the Braves decided to give Touki the rest of the night off and the bullpen combo of Sean McLaughlin and Tyler Pike held Jax scoreless.
Six different Braves doubled on the night, including Toussaint who is now hitting .391 on the season. Outfielder Brandon Downes, recently acquired from the Kansas City organization, hit his first homer of the season.
This is how the 5th went:
1B Tyler Marlette walks.
LF Travis Demeritte walks. Tyler Marlette to 2nd.
C Alex Jackson doubles on a sharp line drive to left fielder John Norwood. Tyler Marlette scores. Travis Demeritte scores. Pitching Change: Miguel Del Pozo replaces Merandy Gonzalez, batting 9th.
RF Brandon Downes doubles on a soft fly ball to left fielder John Norwood. Alex Jackson to 3rd.
SS Luis Marte doubles on a line drive to left fielder John Norwood. Alex Jackson scores. Brandon Downes scores.
P Touki Toussaint doubles on a fly ball to right fielder Brian Miller. Luis Marte scores.
CF Connor Lien walks.
3B Daniel Lockhart grounds into a force out, second baseman Isan Diaz to shortstop Joe Dunand. Touki Toussaint to 3rd. Connor Lien out at 2nd. Daniel Lockhart to 1st.
2B Alay Lago singles on a ground ball to second baseman Isan Diaz. Touki Toussaint scores. Daniel Lockhart to 2nd.
1B Tyler Marlette walks. Daniel Lockhart to 3rd. Alay Lago to 2nd.
LF Travis Demeritte doubles on a line drive to center fielder Monte Harrison. Daniel Lockhart scores. Alay Lago scores. Tyler Marlette to 3rd.
With C Alex Jackson batting, wild pitch by Miguel Del Pozo, Tyler Marlette scores. Travis Demeritte to 3rd.
C Alex Jackson strikes out on a foul tip.
RF Brandon Downes homers on a fly ball to left field. Travis Demeritte scores. Pitching Change: Reilly Hovis replaces Miguel Del Pozo, batting 9th.
SS Luis Marte grounds out, shortstop Joe Dunand to first baseman Peter O'Brien.