Jansen's warmup cut short by pitch clock
Closer tosses a 1-2-3 inning despite disagreement with home-plate umpire
SAN DIEGO -- Kenley Jansen’s second save as a member of the Braves came in the same fashion as his first -- a 1-2-3 inning while protecting a three-run lead.
That’s not to say the second one was entirely smooth.
Jansen got into an argument with home-plate umpire Bill Miller before throwing a single pitch during the Braves’ 5-2 victory over the Padres on Saturday at Petco Park. Miller halted Jansen’s warmup on the field after only three throws because the allotted time between half-innings had expired.
Braves manager Brian Snitker said Jansen was delayed because he was checked for sticky substances before taking the mound.
“Time ran out," Snitker said. “That shouldn’t be an issue in the ninth inning of a Major League Baseball game. The clock doesn’t matter then. They stopped the kid. They check his glove and hand and all that stuff. We’ve got to have a better feel than that. …
“This is a big deal. It isn’t about [the] clock. Kenley has a routine. He wants to throw his pitches. He’s pitching the most important inning of a Major League Baseball game, and we’re going to worry about a clock?”
Snitker quickly got to home plate when Jansen had words with Miller, and third-base coach Ron Washington also came out and redirected Jansen to the back of the infield. Jansen’s teammates gathered and spoke with the 34-year-old right-hander to make sure he was settled before taking the rubber.
Apparently, he was. Jansen retired the heart of the Padres’ lineup -- Manny Machado, Jake Cronenworth and Luke Voit -- in order.
“I thought he did a great job of regrouping,” Snitker said.
It was career save No. 352 for Jansen. No. 351, his first with the Braves came Friday, also a 5-2 victory. Jansen’s first 350 saves came with the Dodgers, giving him the distinction of being the reliever with the most saves with one team before earning a save with a second club.