After a 91 day hiatus, Max Fried pitched for the Atlanta Braves and helped steer the team to an 8-0 shutout win over the Chicago Cubs. The Braves offense gave Fried a seven-run cushion by the fourth inning, but by that point, he had already settled in.
Fried started his day off with a perfect first frame. His first strikeout victim was former teammate Dansby Swanson. The southpaw carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning. His final stat line consisted of six innings with three hits allowed. He struck out eight.
8-strikeout gem for Max Fried.— Bally Sports: Braves (@BravesOnBally) August 4, 2023
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“I felt sharper than expected,” Fried said of his first big league outing since May. “I was looking forward to this day for a long time and really just tried to simplify it and just try to win.”
“These guys have been doing so good for so long,” he added. “I just wanted to try to seamlessly fit in and not try to impress anyone.”
The Braves are back in action and will go for the series win this afternoon at 2:20 ET with Bryce Elder on the bump.
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