Anything You Can Do…
For the second straight night at Parkview Field, it was cold, wet, and rainy. Yet despite the less-than-favorable conditions, a 19-year-old TinCaps starting pitcher proved the show was his. Thursday night it was Joe Ross, who earned a win, throwing five innings and striking out eight. Friday, it was another Californian–Max Fried.
The lefthander, making his first start in Fort Wayne, threw five innings, and despite walking the first batter he faced for the second straight start, also struck out eight, earning his first career victory.
“Finally getting out here and extending the leash, my adrenaline was pumping with the crowd and it was an unbelievable experience,” Fried said after the game.
Fried showed a willingness to throw his breaking ball in any count, something most pitchers in this league, regardless of age, sometimes lack the confidence to do. Of course that confidence comes from practice, but it also came from a careful study of Ross’ dissection of the Lake County nine from the night before.
“I’m keeping a close eye on what he’s doing and how he’s attacking hitters. Being here before and also having the experience he has, it’s really valuable information for me to go and pick his brain after a start, especially if it’s the same team. So, having him be able to be there and watch what he does and follow from his example is extremely beneficial,” said Fried of his rotation-mate.
Fried also had his dad in attendance for the game, and although it might be the coldest game he’s ever sat through to watch his son play, that it was well worth it for his first professional win.
Max Fried talks to the media in the clubhouse following his first professional victory:
MiLB.com talked to Fried and TinCaps pitching coach Burt Hooton about the outing:
Weezer…take it away!