On a 2–2 count, Nationals pitcher Matt Grace missed low with a sinker and Votto jogged to first. Neither the umpire nor any member of the Nationals attempted to stop him.
Votto was the fourth batter of the inning for the Reds. He eventually scored on an RBI double by Jay Bruce. Cincinnati sent 10 batters to the plate that inning and scored six runs. The Reds went on to win 8–2.
Multiple Twitter users appeared to have spotted the error immediately. MLB.com's play-by-play page logs the velocity and type of each pitch but does not have any data for the fourth ball of the at-bat.
- Dan Gartland