I'm a knowledgeable baseball person. I was under the assumption that score keepers have to play out an inning as though the error didn't happen in cases like this, which in this case the runner on second would have not scored...please explain this to me.
Rich Harden pitching: Michael Brantley: Bunt foul, Ball, Ball, Brantley grounded out to second. Shin-Soo Choo: Ball, Choo singled to center. Travis Hafner: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Hafner walked, Choo to third on Andrus' fielding error. Jhonny Peralta: Strike looking, Peralta hit sacrifice fly to right, Choo scored. Matt LaPorta: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Hafner to second on wild pitch, LaPorta singled to center, Hafner out at home. End of Inning (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
I thought it didnt matter as long as Choo got a hit. Choo didnt reach by error so if he scores its an earned run, because he got on base by hit. If Choo reached by error then scored it would be unearned.
A runner who advances on an error isn't treated like an 'out' if that is what you were thinking. It isn't like a normal error where recreating the inning counts it as an out.
If Choo hits a single, the next 2 guys strike out and then a 3rd guy gets on with an error then Choo is not going to be an earned run no matter what. That error should have been the third out.
When Choo goes from 1st to 3rd on an error the scorekeeper sort of pretends he's still on 2nd base and no out was made. The wild pitch before the single makes it a no brainer that he would have scored even without the error. Without the wild pitch it becomes more of a judgment call, would he have tagged on the sac fly ball, would the single have scored him etc. I'm sure they have some sort of general guidelines on how to handle that but I don't know what they are.