June 22, 2024

Braves combined no-hitter spoiled by J.D. Martinez in ninth inning after dominant Max Fried start

J.D. Martinez’s two-out homer in the ninth inning spoiled what would’ve been the Atlanta Braves’ first no-hitter in three a long time, but it surely did nothing to tarnish the third dominant efficiency by Max Fried in his previous 4 begins.

When Martinez walked to the plate with two outs in the ninth inning, he stated he wasn’t serious about the actual fact the New York Mets hadn’t but recorded a success. Instead, he stated he targeted on his plan in opposition to Raisel Iglesias, and regarded for a pitch up in the strike zone.

“You can’t get caught up in all of that,” Martinez stated. “Then you start putting all this excess pressure on yourself. For what? You get no-hit? Who cares? Tomorrow is another day.”

Well, what about after lastly getting the hit, connecting for a house run? “No,” Martinez stated. “We’re still losing, 4-1.”

Fried’s seven hitless innings and his current return to type was an important facet of Saturday’s 4-1 win in opposition to the New York Mets at Citi Field for the Braves.

They want the left-hander to be at his greatest if they’re to achieve their lofty targets, particularly with Spencer Strider out for the yr together with postseason after elbow surgical procedure following simply his second start of the season.

And currently it’s been most Fried, certainly, with a three-hit shutout and two hitless outings in his previous 4 begins.

This from a man who had the worst back-to-back begins of his profession to start the season, failing to make it out of the primary inning in the second recreation of the season at Philadelphia, and permitting 10 hits and 7 earned runs in 4 1/3 innings of his second start April 6 in opposition to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

He’s eligible at no cost company after this season, and it couldn’t have gotten off to a a lot worse start for Fried.

After getting again on observe with two strong begins in mid-April at Miami and at Houston, Fried threw a three-hit shutout in 92 pitches in opposition to the Marlins on April 23, with no walks and 6 strikeouts. Then he allowed no hits and two walks by means of six scoreless innings at Seattle on April 29 earlier than leaving that recreation as a result of he’d thrown 100 pitches.

He gave up 4 hits and 4 runs in seven innings Sunday at Dodger Stadium, however on Saturday Fried was at peak type once more, permitting solely three walks in seven scoreless innings with 5 strikeouts. He was changed by Joe Jiménez to start the eighth solely as a result of Fried’s pitch rely was at 109, a excessive quantity in this period and just one shy of his career-most pitches.

Jiménez pitched a hitless eighth with two walks and two strikeouts, and the Braves had been one out away with no one on base earlier than nearer Iglesias gave up a first-pitch homer to Martinez, ending the no-hit and shutout bids in one swing. Jeff McNeil adopted with a stroll earlier than Iglesias gave up one other hit to Harrison Bader, an infield single.

He acquired Brett Baty to line out to middle to finish the sport.

For Fried, these 4 runs final weekend at Dodger Stadium are the one runs in opposition to him in 29 innings over his previous 4 begins, throughout which he’s allowed simply seven hits and eight walks with 25 strikeouts. His 1.24 ERA over that four-start stretch has lowered his total ERA down to three.57, greater than 4 runs under his ERA by means of 4 begins (7.71).

For a group with as wealthy of a pitching pedigree because the Braves have, it’s quite gorgeous that they’ve not pitched a no-hitter since Kent Mercker threw one in opposition to the Dodgers in Los Angeles on April 8, 1994.

None of the Big Three — Hall of Famers Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz — pitched a no-hitter for Atlanta. The Braves have pitched simply three no-hitters for the reason that group moved to Atlanta in 1966.

Hall of Fame knuckleballer Phil Niekro pitched a no-hitter in opposition to the San Diego Padres in Atlanta on Aug. 5, 1973, and Mercker combined with Mark Wohlers and Alejandro Peña for a no-hitter on Sept. 11 1991, additionally in opposition to the Padres in Atlanta.

And that’s it. Two solo no-hitters and one combined three-pitcher no-no for the Braves, who had been one out away from including to that record Saturday.

The Mets (18-20) have misplaced the primary two video games of a seven-game stretch in opposition to the Braves and Phillies, two of the very best groups in the National League, residing in their division. This a part of the schedule might assist inform what sort of group New York is.

So far, they’ve regarded middling; causes for each concern and optimism stay, and other people throughout the group recommend they only must tread water for some time. Fried flummoxed the Mets by mixing up his pitches nicely, successfully utilizing totally different elements of the zone along with his curveball and fastball.

“He’s tough because you don’t know which way his ball is going to go — if it’s going to come in, if it’s going to go away, if it’s going to go down, if it’s going to go up,” Martinez stated. “He’s just a really good pitcher. It’s not a fun at bat.”

Martinez, who hit three balls onerous, seems to be headed in route for the Mets, however different points across the group linger.

Brandon Nimmo left the sport in the fifth inning with what the Mets described as “right intercostal irritation.” The membership has no plans of sending him for an MRI, supervisor Carlos Mendoza stated. Mendoza added that he wasn’t too involved concerning the harm. Nimmo stated he thought he may keep away from the injured record.

Elsewhere, although, the Mets don’t appear as lucky. Reliever Brooks Raley will not be near throwing and acknowledged earlier than the sport that he’s coping with bone spurs and a few degree of UCL harm in his left elbow.

Raley will meet with Dr. Keith Meister on Tuesday to discover surgical and non-surgical choices.

The Mets are additionally ready on Kodai Senga to return from a shoulder harm. Senga paused dealing with dwell batters as he works by means of mechanical points, Mendoza stated. It’s unclear when he’ll make a rehab look.

On Saturday, Christian Scott made his house debut. He was strong — however not practically nearly as good as Fried. Scott pitched six innings, and allowed three runs, six hits and two walks with eight strikeouts.

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