Max Fried launches Atlanta Braves to first World Series win in 26 years

Jewish pitcher Max Fried delivered his Atlanta Braves to their first World Championship since 1995 with six blank innings in Tuesday’s Game 6 of a World Series billed as the most Jewish in baseball history.

The 27-year-old left-hander limited the Houston Astros to four hits, overcoming a potentially serious injury to strike out six without allowing a run or a walk.

The game contained what might have been the most Jewish play in any major league matchup: At the bottom of the second inning, Astros star third baseman Alex Bregman stepped up to the plate and cut Fried’s second pitch to the plate. right field, where Braves outfielder Joc Pederson caught him easily for number two.

For most fans, the sequence was an unimportant mundane flight. But for Jewish fans, the play showed three Jewish players performing on the biggest stage in sport.

For Pederson, who entered the series with a red-hot tear immortalized by his nickname Joctober, the victory gave him a second consecutive World Championship. Pederson played for 2020 World Champion Los Angeles Dodgers. He celebrated the achievement with a cigar and his signature pearl necklace.

October 8, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson (31) during practice before the first NLDS game at Dodger Stadium (credit: REUTERS)

The fourth Jewish player to appear in the World Series, Astros backup receiver Garrett Stubbs entered the game as a defensive replacement in the ninth inning. He did not hit.

Fried’s success on the mound came after a terrifying moment in the bottom of the first inning. With the lanky pitcher covering first base on a groundout, the Astros’ Michael Brantley came charging down the base lane, stepping on Fried’s ankle instead of the base. Replays showed Fried’s ankle nearly flattened under Brantley’s heel.

For his teammates and coaches, it was a terrifying moment. But Fried came back up and got deep into the game.

“I told myself I was going to go out there and be 100% me, just try to pitch and try to win a ball game,” Fried said after the win. “I knew I could empty the tank. I knew it was the last outing of the year. I was definitely running out of energy at the end of the playoffs, but I knew I had to be ready for one more. “

Aside from Fried’s brilliant start to Game 6, the Jewish players had a cold series. Pederson had just one hit in 15 at-bats, while Bregman knocked out two, one of them a double, in 21 at-bats. Bregman also struck out seven times, to Pederson’s four.

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