What is a ‘Line Score’?
A line score is a brief summary of a game’s final score and the key statistics, shown as a horizontal chart of two lines. It is most commonly used in baseball.
‘Line Score’ Explained
The line score will show a listing of the total of runs scored per inning, followed by the total hits, total runs, and total errors made by each baseball team.
The line score displays a summary of the visiting team score and statistics on the top line, and the score and key statistics for the home team on the bottom line. Unsurprisingly, the expressions ‘top of the inning’ and ‘bottom of the inning’ are taken from each team’s position in the line score.
The line score displays, from left to right:
Runs by inning: Each inning is numbered 1-9, with the runs scored for each shown on the same line as the team name.
R: Represents the total number of runs scored by each team
H: Displays the total hits awarded to the team.
E: Shows the total errors, or mistakes by each team, that should have resulted in an out.
W/L: Displays the win or loss for a pitcher along with their record e.g. 2-1 would be 2 wins and 1 loss. A win or loss is only awarded to one pitcher per game.
The line score acts as a summary of the more detailed box score, which also shows the statistics for individual and team performances in the game. It is always included in the box score and usually displayed at the top.
An Official Scorer is chosen by the league to record the official field statistics for each game, and it is this person’s statistics that are used to compile the line and box scores.