The Atlanta Braves and Boston Red Sox faced off in an exciting spring training game at the Braves’ CoolToday Park in North Port, Florida on Tuesday. The game ended in a tie after the Braves’ batter, Vaughn Grissom, struck out on a pitch clock violation with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning.
The Red Sox had taken a 4-3 lead in the top of the ninth inning on a solo home run by Eddie Rosario. But in the bottom of the inning, the Braves threatened with runners on first and second and two outs. Grissom then stepped up to the plate and hit a deep fly ball to centerfield.
The ball appeared to be heading over the fence for a game-winning home run, but the umpires ruled that the pitch clock had expired before Grissom made contact with the ball, resulting in a strikeout and a tie game.
The Braves’ bullpen was solid throughout the game, with relievers Tyler Matzek and Shane Greene combining for four scoreless innings.
The game was a reminder of the importance of the pitch clock, which was introduced to Major League Baseball in 2020 in an effort to speed up the pace of play.
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