Braves-Red Sox Game Ends in Tie Due to Pitch Clock Violation

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MLB’s new pitch clock has already decided the outcome of a game.

This comes just one day after the first pitch clock violation cost Manny Machado a ball during Friday’s Padres-Mariners game.


Saturday’s violation was much more impactful, however.

The Atlanta Braves and Boston Red Sox were tied 6-6 in the bottom of the 9th inning, with the bases loaded for the Braves.

The count ran full with two outs, making it effectively a game deciding pitch, in a spring training contest.

Braves hitter Cal Conley took his time getting set in the box, and was called out on strike three on the pitch clock violation.

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PEORIA, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 24: A pitch clock counts down as Jay Groome #55 of the San Diego Padres prepares to deliver a pitch to Eugenio Suarez #28 of the Seattle Mariners during the sixth inning in a spring training game at Peoria Stadium on February 24, 2023 in Peoria, Arizona. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

Pitch Clock Causing Problems

MLB’s changes have already made a significant difference on game times.

Friday’s games finished in roughly two and a half hours, a vast improvement over the three plus hour average length of games in 2022.

But there are almost certainly going to be arguments and attempts to game the clock system this season.

If it’s left up to umpire discretion on who’s responsible for the delay, managers and players could be incensed if major game situations are decided based on subjective violation decisions.

Spring training games are obviously meaningless, but what happens if a meaningful division game, for example, is decided by a game ending pitch clock call?

The desire to speed up the games is going to lead to some speed bumps, as teams, players and umpires adjust to a new system.

But based on the results so far, the clock is undoubtedly improving pace of play and making the games move faster.

It’ll just be fascinating to see what happens if a playoff game gets decided by a hitter taking too long to get in the box.

Written by Ian Miller

Ian Miller is a former award watching high school actor, author, and long suffering Dodgers fan. He spends most of his time golfing, traveling, reading about World War I history, and trying to get the remote back from his dog. Follow him on Twitter @ianmSC


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  1. The pitch clock is beyond asinine and stupid, how about we play baseball as it was always played, what idiot out there thinks MLB is loosing fans because games are too long. Newsflash, if I had absolutely anything to do in my life, I wouldn’t be spending 3.5 or 2.5 or 1 hour on a baseball game. Let adults decide their priorities, especially if most fans just turn on one of the 3,000 regular season games just to stare at something while they slosh beer, no one needs the game to end sooner. For those at the ballpark, you are free to leave at any point and tend to your life.

  2. I love baseball, and this is great. As a hitter, get in the box. As a pitcher, throw the ball. Two and a half hour games were common for a decades, and if the pitch clock takes us back there, fantastic. I’m glad to see that umpires are being strict during spring training, so that the players have a chance to adjust before the regular season begins.

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