MLB Scores & Results
In MLB, and almost all forms of baseball, a players scores a point (called a run) by hitting the ball and crossing all three bases and home plate – only after crossing home plate is the run counted. Each game consists of nine innings and the team with the most runs at the end of the ninth inning is the winner. If the score is tied after the ninth inning, the game moves into extra innings until a winner is found. MLB scores can sometimes reach 12-18 runs, but the average is around 5-7 runs per game.
In MLB, each inning has two halves – the top and the bottom. Traditionally, the road team hits in the top half of the inning (the first half) and the home team hits in the bottom half. When a team is not hitting, they have nine players on the field. In each turn at bat, the team needs to score a run before getting three outs. After three outs, the two teams switch, with the at-bat team moving onto the field and the defending team trying to score runs.
MLB scores are only possible in the hitting team’s half of the inning and the first step is to get on base. There are several ways this can be achieved, such as by the batting team getting a hit, a batter being walked or hit by a pitch or the defense committing an error. Once a player reaches base safely, he can advance by stealing a base or via a teammate moving him to the next base over, all the way to home plate for a scoring run.
People can advance from one base to the next in a variety of ways. The traditional way to advance runners in the MLB for scores is through hits. These are put into four main categories – singles, doubles, triples and home runs. A single refers to the batter reaching first base, a double is when the batter hits the ball and is able to advance to second and a triple is when he reaches third base following a huge hit. Players are also able to advance by stealing a base or having teammates advance them through hits, walks or sacrifices. If a player is on first base and a batter hits a single, for example, the player on first advances to second base.
The quickest way a player scores a run in MLB is with a home run. If the batter hits the ball beyond the inbound fence line or goes around the bases while the ball is still in play, he scores a home run (also called a homer). A solo home run is when the batter hits a home run with no team member on base, a two-run homer is when there is one teammate on base and a three-run homer is when there are two runners on two bases. A grand slam home run is scored, and is worth four runs, if the batter hits a home run with a teammate on each of the three bases. Barry Bonds currently holds the MLB scores record for the most home runs, at 762.