FWIW (not much apparently...), the Yahoo Box score ( http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/boxscore?gid=240706108) still says Counsell reached on an error so I think that 3 ER and one R on top of it is the most accurate statistical representation of what happened.
I thought one of the interesting parts of Moneyball was where they recounted how the guy who 'invented' the stats to which we are addicted was a Victorian who felt obligated to include morality in the stats. Unfortunately, there's no way to exclude stupidity from scorers!!
matmat wrote:AcidRock23 wrote:
I'd always thought that a runner who got on on an E was not an earned run.
he isn't. but counsell didn't get on on an error. he reached base on a single and the runner from third scored on the throwing error. Had there not been an error the runner would have scored anyway because of the hits that came after counsell. This is why all the runs are earned, because they would have scored anyway had the error not occured.