Braves no-hitter: Live updates as Atlanta tries to finish off team’s first no-no

The Atlanta Braves are one inning away from the first no-hitter in team history since 1994. Braves left-hander Max Fried delivered seven no-hit innings against the New York Mets on Saturday afternoon (GameTracker), setting the stage for Atlanta to flirt with its first no-hitter in 30 years. Fried was replaced to begin the eighth inning by right-handed reliever Joe Jimenez, who completed a hit-less frame around two walks.

Fried struck out five batters and walked three. He required 109 pitches, generating 12 swinging strikes along the way. Four of those came on his trademark curveball. Fried received some defensive help on the afternoon, too, including this stellar running catch by center fielder Michael Harris II to rob J.D. Martinez of a potential extra-base hit. Martinez’s batted ball had a 105.4 mph exit velocity.

The Braves’ most recent no-no came back on April 8, 1994, when Kent Mercker delivered one against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mercker was also involved in Atlanta’s only other no-hitter in recent memory: a joint effort back in 1991 against the San Diego Padres. Otherwise, the Braves have not recorded a no-hitter without Mercker taking part since Phil Niekro did it in 1973 against the aforementioned Padres.

Saturday’s effort would be the 15th overall no-hitter in Braves history. If the Braves can complete the no-no attempt, it will also be the 324th in Major League Baseball history, as well as the second this season. Back on April 1, Houston Astros right-hander Ronel Blanco delivered the year’s only no-hitter to date against the Toronto Blue Jays. It would serve, too, as the 21st ever combined no-no, and the first since the Detroit Tigers blanked the Blue Jays last July.

Fried, 30, entered Saturday with seasonal marks that included a 4.23 ERA (98 ERA+) and a 2.29 strikeout-to-walk ratio over his first seven starts. He’s a one-time All-Star who received Cy Young Award consideration in both 2020 and 2022.

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