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Max Fried pulled early from season debut as direct result of horrible call

Max Fried delivers a pitch

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Max Fried was unable to make it through a full inning in his season debut on Saturday, and the left-hander can thank the home plate umpire for that.

Fried gave up 2 hits, 3 walks and 3 earned runs in just 2/3 of an inning in Atlanta’s 12-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. He should have at least made it past the first inning, however.

Fried had a 2-2 count with the bases loaded and 2 outs against Phillies outfielder Nick Castellanos. Fried threw a fastball right down the middle of the plate, and Castellanos watched it go by. Home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman called the pitch a ball.

Castellanos took ball four on the next pitch, which brought home a run. Bryson Stott followed that with a single that drove in two runs, and Braves manager Brian Snitker decided to pull Fried from the game after that.

The 2-2 pitch from Fried obviously fooled Dreckman, as it was in the top half of the strike zone. It was still clearly a strike, though, and should have gotten Fried out of a big jam.

Fried and the Braves are probably happy the call did not cost them the game, but the 30-year-old’s pitching line should have looked a lot different.

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