Through six innings, Max fried it had released just 63 pitches on Friday night. The southpaw had limited the Baltimore Orioles to just three hits, leaving them with nothing to show for it. That’s the first time the word “Maddux” started floating around Camden Yards.
Fried only needed 90 pitches on the Maddux. The last Atlanta Braves pitcher to accomplish this feat was right-hander Shelby Miller on May 17, 2015, who threw 94 pitches in his version:
A Maddux describes a start in which a pitcher throws a complete game shutout in fewer than 100 pitches. Named after the Hall of Fame pitcher, and former Brave, Greg Maddux.
Fried joined the ranks of two other Braves pitchers who pitched shutouts on 90 or fewer pitches (since the pitch count started in 1988): Tom Glavine and Maddux himself, who did it five times and was the last Braves pitcher to do so in 90 pitches or less.
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The lefty’s “toughest” inning was the fifth inning, in which he needed 18 pitches to get three outs. In the remaining four innings, he pitched a total of 32 pitches to record his first full-game shutout of his career. However, for Fried, the biggest challenge was the mental one he faced in the eighth.