HOUSTON – Interestingly, Max Fried found his best move after suffering a stomp. And he ended up guiding the Atlanta Braves to the coronation in Game 6 of the World Series.
The young left-hander finally looked like an ace, and the Braves won their first Fall Classic title since 1995. At that coronation, Fried was months away from celebrating his second birthday.
Fried got 18 outs off the 19 batters he faced after Michael Brantley stomped on him with rubber spikes, spraining his right ankle.
The pitcher was trying to cover first base after Houston’s second batter in Tuesday’s game hit a slow grounder, fielded by first baseman Freddie Freeman.
“It didn’t feel right, but at the time I thought we were in the World Series. You just want to get ahead,” Fried said. “My ankle felt very stiff, but I didn’t have as much pain or anything that was so bad or uncomfortable.”
As umpire Chris Conroy made a safe, Fried pointed to his right foot, not to indicate that it hurt. Rather, it indicated that Brantley had stepped on it, not making contact with the pad.
The Braves did not dispute the decision. They concentrated on checking that Fried’s ankle was okay after bending awkwardly.
The pitcher was actually in awe, and he became the only one in this World Series who was able to complete six innings.
Six days after falling in Game 2 at Houston, Fried struck out six without walking and limited the Astros to four singles. Atlanta won 7-0.
Braves manager Brian Snitker said he was “very scared” to see the stomp. He said he remembered the fibula fracture that Charlie Morton suffered in the first game of the series, when he was hit by a ground ball.
“I was just grateful when he got up and said he was fine,” said the pilot. “Then he had a very stressful inning … but he recovered and obviously did a great job.”
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After stomping, Max Fried throws jewel at J6