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Notebook: TinCaps 1, Loons 0

Shrimp? Shrimp.

Where to start with this one?

A walk-off walk and a no-hitter in one game. It was the first nine-inning no-hitter in the 21-year history of the TinCaps franchise.

It featured a ninth-inning coach ejection, two walks, two consecutive hit batsmen, and a shrimp. If you don't know what that is, it's jargon for a walk-off walk. And it comes from the best baseball meme in the history of baseball memes.

Seriously. Read it. Or if you just want to see the best video involving a shrimp ever, you can cut to the chase and watch it.

Max Fried on fire

The No. 2 starter for the TinCaps has adjusted to the minor leagues.

Left-hander Max Fried came off sickness last week, manager Jose Valentin said, and pitched 5 2/3 hitless innings. He had eight strikeouts, his best mark of the season, and walked four.

Matthew Shepherd, Leonel Campos and Roman Madrid deserve credit for the no-hitter, as well. But Fried did the majority of the work and showed better control of his off-speed pitches, which are crucial for Fried's success.

The 19-year-old throws his curve with nearly a half-rotation more spin on it than the average pitcher, according to the TinCaps' in-house analytics. It gives the ball more movement and makes it a tough pitch to hit, but Fried has hung the pitch quite a few times in early outings. That's resulted in some sloppy outings and early exits.

Fried's consistency is developing, and it was out in force Thursday. If he can build on this game, Fort Wayne's one-two punch in the starting rotation could be the best in the Midwest League.