|DJ orders the play a do-over from "scratch."|
Reyburn, upon seeing Porcello's seemingly illegal pitch, stepped out from home plate and appeared poised to call the Boston pitcher for a start-stop balk, before recalling a certain rule that addresses what should be done when both the batter and the pitcher engage in wrongdoing during a pitch sequence.
That rule would be OBR 5.04(b)(2) Comment, which states, "If after the pitcher starts his windup or comes to a “set position” with a runner on, he does not go through with his pitch because the batter has inadvertently caused the pitcher to interrupt his delivery, it shall not be called a balk. Both the pitcher and batter have violated a rule and the umpire shall call time and both the batter and pitcher start over from “scratch.”"
Because Morrison's actions in backing away from the plate inadvertently caused Porcello to interrupt his delivery, the sequence was not ruled a balk and Reyburn simply called the oddity a "no pitch" and resumed play "from scratch" with an 0-2 count, which was the correct call.
As Jerry Remy said while pretending to speak for Reyburn, "You can't be doing that. I gotta call 'Time,' you just can't walk out of the box like that. If I don't call 'Time,' you can't do that."
Alternate Video Link: Both batter and pitcher stop playing, as Reyburn orders a do-over (BOS)