Scenario: The first batter of the inning singles, but the second player up grounds into a double-play. After the third batter in the innning hits a triple, the fourth draws a walk to put runners on the corners. The runner on first is picked off and gets caught in a run-down, triggering the other runner to head for home. The player in the run-down manages to avoid being put out for long enough for the run to score, and, following a continuation of the run-down, then reaches second on what is clearly an error.
As the official scorer, is the run an earned one?
A – Yes.
B – No.
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Answer: A – Yes.
In a reconstructed inning without the error, the run still scores as the third out was a tag play, not a force play.