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Monday, May 24, 2004

A Perplexing Baseball Scoring Rule:

I don't usually blog about the nuances of baseball scoring, but I'm really curious about this one.

Danny Graves, the Reds' closer, comes in for the 9th inning leading 7-4. It's a save situation. Graves allows the leadoff batter to reach, then gets a fly out, then allows a double. Second and third, one out.

At this point, he throws a splitter that Jason LaRue can't handle, and it allows the runner from third to score. Graves then gets a fly out, and a ground out to end the game.

Graves' line: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R... but the run was earned. Why? When I used to play baseball, the definition of an earned run was one that would not have scored were it not for the aid of some sort of fielding error. In the boxscore, a passed ball is not an error, but it is a fielding mistake per se.

Had the passed ball never occurred, Graves would have stranded the runners at second and third. Does anyone know why this was scored as an earned run?


.: posted by Dave 9:04 PM

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