Despite Fried’s struggles, the Braves matched the Nationals’ pace thanks to their work against Erick Fedde. They did their heavy damage in the second, when the first four hitters reached in a five-run inning.
Austin Riley singled to open the inning. Ender Inciarte followed with a double. Fried had a softly hit chopper that resulted in an infield hit that scored Riley. Ronald Acuna, who went 3-for-3 a day after launching two homers, singled to score Inciarte and cut Washington’s lead to 4-3.
Ozzie Albies’ ground out tied the score. Two hitters later, Travis d’Arnaud slapped a double to left that scored another two runs and gave the Braves a lead. It capped an eventful two innings, and for as unfortunate as Fried’s outing was, the Braves can take solace in their offense’s continued improvement since leaving Philadelphia.
“It was nice to see us put an inning together and not just rely on long balls,” Snitker said. “There were some really good at-bats. That was very encouraging, just seeing us keep an inning going with the way we were swinging the bats. I knew it was going to happen at some point.”
As it’s been frequently noted, the Braves scored only three runs across three games against the Phillies, losing each contest. They scored five times, four via homer, in a 6-5 loss to Washington on Tuesday. They showed even more life in Game 1 on Wednesday against Fedde, against…