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Touki Tantalizes The Fireflies

Rome Braves @ Columbia Fireflies


June 13, 2016



Teams
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9

R
H
E
Rome
0
2
0
0
1
1
0
0
0

4
12
0
Columbia
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0

1
3
2
W: Toussaint (2-5, 4.89 ERA); L: Badamo (3-4, 3.84 ERA); Save: Custred (1)


The Highlights:

Pitchers

Tyler Badamo (L, 3-4, 3.84 ERA) – 7 IP, 11 H, 4 R (3 ER), 6 K, HBP, 8 GO: 3 FO
Christian Montgomery (3.46 ERA) – 2 IP, H, 4 K, 1 GO

Batters

3B – David Thompson – 1-4
LF – Joe Tuschak – 1-3, R, HR (2), RBI (15), K
CF – Ivan Wilson – 1-3


Recapish


            The Columbia Fireflies dropped their second straight at home Monday night as they welcomed the Rome Braves into town. Rome starter Touki Toussaint took a perfect game into the 6th, but Cola outfielder Joe Tuschak ended that and his shutout bid with one powerful swing to RF.
            It was a mixed outing for Fireflies starter Tyler Badamo, as he matched a career high with 6 strikeouts while inducing a lot of swinging strikes, but he also allowed 4 runs on 11 hits. His breaking ball was generally more loopy than normal throughout the start, and it looked like his changeup was an effective pitch for him throughout the start.
            The Braves jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 2nd on back-to-back doubles from Wigberto Nevarez and Bradley Keller. That should’ve been it for Rome in the frame, but Ray-Patrick Didder just barely beat out an infield hit to knock in a second run with two outs.
            He might’ve escaped the 5th unharmed, but Vinny Siena threw a potential double play grounder away, which allowed Didder to come around and make it a 3-0 game. The Braves would add another run in the 6th to make it a 4-0 lead before the Fireflies even had a baserunner.
            Touki was working at a quick pace and had good control of his good heater and nice curve. This was his fourth start against Columbia this season and easily his best. The Fireflies had struggled to make solid contact against Touki in their last two meeting, but he struggled with control, issuing 9 walks across 10 innings.
            Reliever Christian Montgomery worked the final two frames for Columbia and looked as good as I’ve seen him this season. He allowed a leadoff single to Justin Ellison, but Ellison would be thrown out at 3B in the frame, and Monty retired the other 5 Rome batters in a row, with 4 K’s along the way.
            Check out the Fireflies scoring, defense, and pitching highlights from this game below! This series continues Tuesday night at 7:05 PM, with Joe Shaw (3-4, 4.24 ERA) set to square off with 18-year old Mike Soroka (1-5, 2.59 ERA). It should be another pitcher’s duel between these two clubs, as the young hurler has looked very sharp against the Fireflies this season, though his Rome teammates have given him no run support.


MiLB.tv Scoring Highlights


            The Fireflies didn’t get their first hit until the 7th, but it was a big one. Joe Tuschak launched his 2nd homer of the season and 9th of his career to end the perfect game bid from Touki.



            Ivan Wilson and David Thompson each ripped a single to LF after the seal was broken.





MiLB.tv Defensive Highlights


            Plays to share from around the infield for this game:
Vinny Siena in the 1st


Tyler Badamo in the 2nd


Several examples of Milton Ramos




Patrick Mazeika caught Rome baserunners trying to steal 2B twice - 2 angles on the second one




Dash Winningham snared a liner and stepped on the 1B bag for an inning ending double play in the 6th.



Pitcher Coverage


Tyler Badamo





            Badamo recorded one strikeout in each of the first 6 innings and was inducing swinging strikes at a great rate. There was no MiLB gameday for an official count, but I don’t think I missed any below!


K1



K2

K3


K4


K5



K6



Bonus














Christian Montgomery


            Monty struck out one Rome batter while working around a leadoff single in the 8th inning, and then he struck out the side in the 9th.












  
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