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Scorekeeping 101: So just who won Game 7?

Jeremy Affeldt's 2014 Topps baseball card
Jeremy Affeldt’s 2014 Topps baseball card

Last night, the San Francisco Giants defeated the Kansas City Royals by the score of 3-2 in Game 7 to win their third World Series championship in the past five years.

Madison Bumgarner finished off the game with five scoreless innings on two day’s rest, cementing his status as the World Series MVP.

If you were watching, you might remember Joe Buck mentioned that the official scorer had sent word that Bumgarner would receive credit for the win. And for almost an hour, Bumgarner did have a 3-0 record in the 2014 World Series.

But as Benjamin Hoffman noted in the New York Times, that’s not what history will actually record.

Jeremy Affeldt, the pitcher of record at the time the Giants took their 3-2 lead, ultimately got the “W” by his name. Bumgarner instead received credit for the extremely rare five-inning save.

While the initial scoring decision seemed to comply with the provisions of Rule 10.17(b), the scoring panel decided that it was not consistent with the comment that follows in the rule book:

If two or more relief pitchers were similarly effective, the official scorer should give the presumption to the earlier pitcher as the winning pitcher.

Hoffman explains:

In general, if a starting pitcher does not complete five innings, and the score is tied, a victory is assigned to the pitcher of record when the lead changed hands. The exception is when the scorer determines the reliever of record was ineffective.

While Bumgarner was more effective than Affeldt, it would be tough to argue that Affeldt was ineffective.

So if you kept score of last night’s game, you might need get out your eraser.

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World Series Game 4: Giants even series

Last night, the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals played what was the most exciting game of the World Series so far to even things up at two games apiece.

For me, the most interesting part of the game was learning that Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica writer/producer Ronald D. Moore is a baseball fan. He was keeping score throughout the game and posting pictures of his scorecard to his Twitter feed.

Kansas City still holds the home field advantage in what is now a best-of-three series, but San Francisco would seem to hold the edge in tonight’s rematch of Game 1 aces, Madison Bumgarner vs. James Shields.

Whatever the final score is tonight, baseball fans are the winners – we’re getting to watch a great series that will keep the 2014 season going until at least Tuesday night.