Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds walked on three balls during Sunday's game against the visiting Washington Nationals.
No, Votto wasn't given a one-ball allowance. Four balls still constitute a base-on-balls.
It just happened. Nobody, including home plate umpire Paul Emmel, appeared to notice. Votto simply dropped his bat and ran to first base.
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That the scoreboard added an extra ball in the seven-pitch sequence perhaps confused matters, the Cincinnati Enquirer noted, but c'mon ump. And where was the Nationals' braintrust to call attention to the mistake? Or Nationals pitcher Matt Grace for that matter? Or anyone? Hello?
Votto eventually scored in a six-run seventh inning that propelled the Reds to an 8-2 victory.
H/T CBS Sports