They don’t all have to shine. That was a pretty rough offensive performance against a horrid pitching staff. The Baltimore Orioles had allowed 9.5 runs per game over their last 15 games entering tonight, but the Atlanta Braves only mustered up three runs on seven hits.
Obviously that’s not great, but we’re at the stage of the season we’re it really doesn’t matter. Max Fried fired a gem, and that was enough for a 3-0 victory in the opening game of the series at Camden Yards.
Vintage? Not by a long shot. Enough to extend the winning streak to seven and keep the momentum going? You bet.
- Max Fried. Wow. Let’s put some historical context to that one. Fried threw the first nine-inning game of his career, as well as his first complete game shutout. He is the first Brave to throw a complete game shutout since Mike Foltynewicz in June 2018, and the first Brave to throw a Maddux since Shelby Miller in May 2015. He joined Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine as the only Braves to throw a complete game shutout on fewer than 90 pitches since pitch counts have been tracked according to Sarah Langs.
I don’t care if it was a regular season game or if it was against a bad lineup. That’s one of the best single-game pitching performances in Atlanta Braves history. Embrace it.
- Happy contract extension day, Travis d’Arnaud! He celebrated his two-year/$16 million extension with a two-run home run and a shutout behind the plate. That’s an absolute steal for the Braves, and he already started showing why tonight.
- Jorge Soler hit a homer tonight and should’ve had two more hits if not for a pair of diving catches by Austin Hays. Everything he hits is hard.
- The defense tonight was incredible behind Fried, especially on the infield. Austin Riley’s diving stop to end the game was an absolute gem.
- The Braves have now won 11 in a row on the road, tied for the longest streak in franchise history. Imagine saying that would happen for this team two weeks ago.
- If Adam Duall had put a little more juice on his third inning drive to left field, it would’ve been a grand slam that made it 7-0 Braves. Maybe they could’ve gotten into Baltimore’s bullpen a little bit earlier and made things easier for tomorrow and Sunday. Other than that, there’s really not much to complain about tonight.
Former Brave Of The Day:
Josh Donaldson knocked a two-run home run out of Yankee Stadium tonight for the Twins.
Quote Of The Game:
“On any given night, I can throw a shutout.”
— Roy Oswalt
Put up some more crooked numbers on the scoreboard. This is the worst pitching staff in baseball in the other dugout trying to pitch a bandbox of a ballpark, afterall.