Braves' tight victory a fitting opener vs. rival Nats
Summary of 3 articles · Updated Apr 4, 2014
Nine of the final 16 games played between the Braves and Nationals last season were decided by one run. Continuing last year's trend, the Braves opened this year's season series against their division rivals by surviving yet another hard-fought battle. The review led the umpires to institute Rule 7.05f, which states a runner will be awarded "two bases, if a fair ball bounces or is deflected into the stands outside the first or third base foul lines; or if it goes through or under a field fence, or through or under a scoreboard, or through or under shrubbery or vines on the fence; or if it sticks in such fence, scoreboard, shrubbery or vines."
Atlanta Braves left fielder Justin Upton saw the baseball nestle underneath some green wall padding and initially, instead of trying to make a play, threw his arms up and waited for a call from the umpires.
Major League Baseball's expanded instant replay system was used to resolve the unusual result that occurred at Nationals Park on Friday afternoon, after Ian Desmond's line drive came to rest under the padding of a wall located down the left-field line.