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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.

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Put it in the books: Mets win 1st game of the spring

The first New York Mets game of 2013 is over, and the Mets won 5-3.

It’s the first time I’ve watched the Mets play since the Miami Marlins defeated them 4-3 on October 2nd, 2012, the game where Adam Greenberg finally got his major league at-bat.

Today was more fun. Ruben Tejada hit a wind-aided home run off of Stephen Strasburg. Zack Wheeler got to make his unofficial New York Mets debut. Collin Cowgill made a nice catch, hit a double and scored from second base on an error by Washington first baseman Micah Owings. Bobby Parnell kind of looked like a closer.

Sure, it’s just one game… and a Grapefruit League game at that. But this season is going to be about enjoying things where we find them.

I always keep a scorecard for the first baseball game that I watch each year, even if it is a spring training game on SNY.



I suspect I’ll end up scoring a few more games this spring as I continue to tweak my scorecard design. (I lost the original file for the scorecard I’ve been using for the last few seasons, so I’m taking advantage of the opportunity to revise it for 2013.)

I’m still concerned that having only two spaces per batting order slot will be a problem, but I like having more room to write player names.

I definitely need to clean up the “Game Notes” section some more, and I’m not happy with the way the running totals blend with the inning totals at the bottom of the page.




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Keeping Score: Carlos Beltran’s First Mets Game

Tuesday, Carlos Beltran played his final Mets game in Cincinnati. Just over six and a half seasons ago, Beltran played his first game for the Mets in Cincinnati. I guess there’s something to be said for symmetry.

Beltran went 3-for-5 to start his Mets career on Opening Day in 2005. He had a home run and a double off of Reds’ starter Paul Wilson, then added a single off reliever David Weathers in the seventh inning.

The Mets took an early 1-0 lead as Kazuo Matsui hit a first inning home run. Matsui also hit a home run in his first at bat of the season in 2004, making him the first Met to accomplish that feat since Darryl Strawberry did it in 1987 and 1988 (or so the note on my scorecard says.)

The Reds took a 3-1 lead on Adam Dunn‘s three-run homer off of Pedro Martinez in the bottom of the first. Martinez, who was also making his Mets debut, dominated the Reds for the next five innings. He struck out 12 batters over six innings, a record performance for a Mets pitcher on Opening Day.

Beltran’s homer tied the game in the third inning, and his single off Weathers drove in Jose Reyes as the go-ahead run in the seventh. The Mets added two more runs in the inning on Cliff Floyd‘s homer to go up 6-3.

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Keeping Score: Mets win walk-off on hit-by-pitch

Last night, the Mets won a 13-inning game on a walk-off hit-by-pitch. It was only the second time in 50 seasons that they’ve won a game this way. The last time it happened (also in a 13-inning game), a Juan Agosto pitch ended up inside of Daryl Boston‘s jersey.

Lucas Duda singled to center, advanced to second base when Daniel Murphy got a hit and moved to third when Jose Reyes was intentionally walked. He scored when Justin Turner was hit by a pitch.

I didn’t get to see the end of last night’s game, though. An hour rain delay and an extra-inning game meant I couldn’t stick around for the whole thing. I stayed for the first 11 innings, but I decided I had better leave if I didn’t want to be stuck in New York overnight. I caught the WFAN radio broadcast of the last two innings on the subway ride back to Manhattan – the Mets won just as I was losing the signal in the static when the 7 train hit the underground part of its route.

Here’s my scorecard from the game (which I managed to keep up on the subway ride & cleaned up this evening):

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