Max Fried did not give the Braves the stellar start they’d hoped for in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series.
The Atlanta starter stumbled out of the gate in the first inning of Saturday’s game, giving up back-to-back one-out home runs to Corey Seager and Justin Turner.
And suddenly, the Los Angeles Dodgers had a 2-0 lead.
Obviously, that’s exactly what the Braves were looking for in a contest as critical as this.
But here’s the kicker.
During the regular season, Fried allowed two home runs across 56 innings. On Saturday, however, he gave up two jacks on just eight pitches, per ESPN’s Buster Olney.
Fried let up another run before the first ended and allowed Atlanta to build a quick three-run lead.
The Braves, by the way, entered the game with a 3-2 series lead. And while they’d like to avoid a Game 7, Fried didn’t necessarily give Atlanta the start they needed to do so.