When Max Fried was traded from the Padres to the Braves in late 2014, he was probably one-to-one. He finally got the opportunity on Wednesday night, and he made the most of it.
Fried went seven strong innings, striking out on seven and walking none while allowing only one run to a 5-1 brave victory. It was his longest outing of the year. Aside from his nearly perfect outing against the Cubs on April 4, it was his best performance. He lowered his ERA to 2.11 (3.37 FIP), and is now sitting at a sparkling 1.64 BB / 9. Fried can be when he's on and it would be a bit of an understatement to say he was on against San Diego. His curveball was remarkable as usual, and multiple Padres hitters took turns looking like Minor Leaguers.
With this victory, the Braves pull back to .500, at 1
San Diego starter Cal Quantrill had a very respectable MLB debut in opposition, going 5⅔ innings and allowing only two earned runs. On any other night, he might have been able to get the win.
The Braves jumped out on an early lead, manufacturing a run off on Ozzie Albie's leadoff triple and a subsequent succession sac fly from Dansby Swanson. As Quantrill logs his first big league out,
Both pitchers cruised into the fourth inning, until Manny Machado evened the score at 1 with a line drive homer off Fried. It was actually clear the fence. Alas, it did.  In the fifth, Atlanta finally broke through with a runner in scoring position. After Ender Inciarte doubled into the left field gap – it's always a good sign when he does that – Albies slapped what would it be? Inciarte crossing the plate gave Fried a 2-1 lead.
The Braves got a bit more room in the seventh inning. Charlie Culberson reached the Machuerror error and took second in the throw sailed into the dugout. Ronald Acuña, Jr. The gambit paid off, as Acuña, Jr.'s infield single scored Culberson and stretched the lead to 3-1. Two batters later, the Braves took a 5-1 lead on this pretty little tater by Dansby.
It was a good thing they padded the lead, too – because once Jacob Webb came on the eighth inning, things got interesting quickly , Ian Kinsler, consecutive walks to Greg Garcia and Wil Myers loaded the bases for human mountain Franmil Reyes. Snit wasted no time in pulling Webb for Josh Tomlin.
Machado and Hunter Renfroe, Tomlin mowed through the heart of the Padres with ease, inducing a tap back to the mound from Reyes and striking out. For as many bullpen implosions as we have witnessed in the early part of this season, it's been refreshing to see someone dominate three strong hitters like that with the bases loaded. More of that, please.
A.J. Minter worked a non-eventful ninth inning and the braves took this one to the house. Fried pitches.
These two teams will finish the series tomorrow afternoon, with the first pitch slated for 12:10 pm ET.