The Atlanta Braves and Boston Red Sox faced off in a spring training game that ended in a walkoff tie after a batter struck out on a pitch clock violation.
The game started off with a bang, with the Braves taking a 3-0 lead in the first inning. The Red Sox then scored three runs in the top of the third to tie the game at 3-3. The score remained tied until the bottom of the ninth, when the Braves loaded the bases with two outs.
The Braves had a chance to win the game in dramatic fashion, but the batter stepped out of the box and was called for a pitch clock violation. This resulted in a strikeout and the game ended in a tie.
The umpire’s decision to call a pitch clock violation was controversial, as the Braves believed that the batter had not stepped out of the box before the pitch was released. However, the umpire’s decision was upheld and the game ended in a tie.
The pitch clock violation rule was implemented in 2018 in order to speed up the game and prevent batters from taking too long between pitches. This was the first time the rule had been enforced in a major league game, and it had an immediate impact on the outcome.
The Braves and Red Sox will have a rematch on March 21, and the Braves will be looking to avenge their walkoff tie. In the meantime, Major League Baseball will be closely monitoring the use of the pitch clock in order to ensure that games are not affected by the rule.