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Stripers prospect handcuffs Bisons

Gwinnett Stripers right-hander Touki Toussaint, who won his major league debut on Monday, had little trouble handling the Buffalo Bisons Saturday night before 5,290 at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, Ga.
After giving up a run on two hits in the first inning, the 22-year-old Toussaint dominated the Bisons for the next five in the Stripers' 6-1 victory.
Toussaint struck out nine, walked one and hit a batter and allowed the Bisons only two singles after the first inning of his six-inning stint.
Toussaint (3-0, 1.93 ERA) pitched six innings in the Atlanta Braves' 9-1 victory over Miami in the opener of a doubleheader last Monday. He allowed the Marlins only two hits and struck out four in six innings. He came over to Atlanta in a trade from the Arizona Diamondbacks.Three singles produced two runs and a 2-1 lead for Gwinnett in the second inning, and the Stripers expanded the lead to 4-1 on a two-run homer by Dustin Peterson off Adam Waguespack in the sixth inning.Points of interest: The Bisons turned three double plays and threw out one runner attempting to steal but it wasn't enough to hold off the Stripers who have won two of the first three games in weekend series. ... Rookie phenom Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who went hitless in four at-bats on Friday night, sat out the game the second time the 19-year-old was rested on the Bisons seven-game Southern swing to Charlotte and Gwinnett.Noteworthy: Shawn Morimando, a 24-year-old lefty who Toronto signed as a minor league free agent last month, started the game in his Bisons debut. Morimando, who was born in Canandaigua but went to high school in Virginia Beach, Va., is a Triple-A veteran with 43 career starts in the I.L. and a 16-14 record. He broke into pro ball in 2011 as a 17-year old.Next: Mike Hauschild (1-0, 3.60) will start for the Bisons in the series finale today against another right-hander Kyle Wright (2-1, 2.89) of the Stripers (Radio 1520, 1:05 p.m.). It's the end of the heavy traveling for the Bisons who will be off Monday before beginning the final home stand of the season on Tuesday against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. The only traveling the rest of the season for the Herd will be to Rochester and Syracuse.

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