Nathan asked in SportsBaseball · 1 month ago

Scoring question on losing pitcher?

Team A never leads the game gets shut out. The first pitcher for Team A pitches three innings, gives up zero earned runs, but leaves the game with his team trailing 3-0 on unearned runs.

The next pitcher for team A comes in and gives up four earned runs.

Does the first pitcher still get the loss even though he didn't give up any earned runs and pitched better than the second pitcher? Or do you give the L to the second pitcher who gave up the first earned runs of the game?

I know the loss is supposed to go to the starter if he leaves with a deficit the team never recovers from, but in this case the deficit had nothing to do with his pitching, so I was wondering if there would be an exception for this scenario. 

6 Answers

  • 4 weeks ago

    pitcher win/loss records aren't impacted by whether runs scored were earned or not.

    Pitcher A entered the game with the score tied (0-0 at the beginning of the game) and gave up a lead which his team never recovered from, therefore pitcher A is the losing pitcher. It does not matter that the runs were unearned, he was the pitcher of record when his team fell behind. That's the nature of individual stats in a team sport.

  • 1 month ago

    No, there isn't an exception. He's credited with the loss.

  • David
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Starter gets the loss.  Even if a pitcher throws a no-hitter but his team loses the game, he still gets charged for the loss.

  • 1 month ago

    No exception. The starter takes the loss.

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  • 1 month ago

    Earned vs unearned does not apply when figuring losing pitcher. A run is a run.  Neither does which pitcher pitched better.  pitcher A is the loser here.

  • KaleyK
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Just like you called it ... the Loss goes to the starter that left with a deficit.  That the runs are earned or unearned makes no difference.

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