FORT WAYNE – TinCaps starter Max Fried wasn’t satisfied with his six-inning, no-run outing in a 3-0 win against Bowling Green on Wednesday at Parkview Field.
The left-handed starter wanted to throw a couple more.
I was a little frustrated just because I’m a competitor, and I want to win, Fried said after his four-hit, four-strikeout game. Getting taken out of the game, I understand the reasons. I got great guys behind me that just closed the door.
It was Fried’s second straight appearance with no runs allowed for Fort Wayne (23-14). His pitch count caught up to him, but the former first-round pick set his team up for a shutout of the Hot Rods (24-13).
Fried was helped out by his defense.
Alberth Martinez charged a single to center field in the fifth inning with Bowling Green first baseman Ryan Dunn heading home. Martinez one-hopped the throw to catcher Rodney Daal, who got the putout and prevented what looked like a sure-fire go-ahead run.
The out boosted Fried’s confidence and got him through the inning. He set the Hot Rods down in order in the top of the sixth.
I knew that if I was going to put the ball in play, my teammates are going to make plays like Alberth did, Fried said. That rough inning where he threw the guy out at the plate, that was a huge play.
Another huge one came in the bottom of the sixth.
Left fielder Jeremy Baltz came up with one on and one out. He saw an inside fastball on his first pitch and looked for another on the second. When it came, he crushed the ball over the left-field fence.
It took a short bounce off the walkway beyond the seats and hit the wall of The Harrison building connected to Parkview Field.
I’ve been struggling lately, so I’ve just been looking to put the barrel on the ball, said Baltz, who went 2 for 4. That’s the good thing about baseball; you play every day pretty much. When you’re struggling, you can always bounce back the next day.
Leonel Campos came on in relief and loaded the bases in the seventh but was able to work out of the jam with three strikeouts and got a hold.
Chris Nunn also earned a hold, and Roman Madrid got his seventh save of the season as the TinCaps moved to within a game of Bowling Green in the Midwest League Eastern Division standings.
Today was a well-played game, manager Jose Valentin said. A win is a win. Now, we just got to celebrate this one for a short time and get ready.