earned run


Definition of earned run

: a run in baseball that scores without benefit of an error before the fielding team has had a chance to make the third putout of the inning

Examples of earned run in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Song pitched two scoreless innings in relief and struck out three while Houck made one start and allowed two earned runs over 4⅓ innings with six strikeouts. BostonGlobe.com, "AL East," 9 Nov. 2019 In his last outing before the postseason, Cole allowed one earned run over five innings and struck out 10, lowering his ERA to 2.50. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Cole gets 20th win, tops AL in ERA, Ks as Astros beat Angels," 29 Sep. 2019 Last outing: Hendricks gave up just one earned run over a six-inning no-decision against the Seattle Mariners. Esten Mclaren, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Chicago Cubs at San Diego Padres odds, picks and betting tips," 9 Sep. 2019 The lefty walked two and gave up four hits and four earned runs over one and two-third innings. Randy Mcroberts, baltimoresun.com, "IronBirds sit 2-2 after four games of New York-Penn League play," 18 June 2019 Honor for Workman Brandon Workman was named American League Reliever of the Month for September after making 12 appearances, giving up no earned runs, and logging 18 strikeouts. BostonGlobe.com, "Kennedy made it clear that the Sox consider Betts a once-in-a-lifetime talent, but said it will be hard for both him and," 1 Oct. 2019 After surrendering six earned runs in his 1993 World Series debut, Schilling gave up just five more across his next 41⅔ innings in the Fall Classic, helping the Diamondbacks (2001) and Red Sox (2004 and 2007) win titles. Jesse Yomtov, USA TODAY, "Baseball Hall of Fame: Controversial persona aside, Curt Schilling deserves to be honored," 14 Jan. 2020 Halladay won the Game 5 rematch at AT&T even though Lincecum outlasted him seven innings to six, each allowing two earned runs. Henry Schulman, SFChronicle.com, "Memorable moments: Tim Lincecum delivers S.F. Giants’ first World Series title," 29 Dec. 2019 Peralta, a former Reds reliever, allowed two earned runs in eight games upon his callup to San Francisco. Henry Schulman, SFChronicle.com, "Giants decline to offer contract to popular Kevin Pillar, making him a free agent," 2 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of earned run

1871, in the meaning defined above

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18 Feb 2020

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“Earned run.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/earned%20run. Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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