Scenario: With the home team leading 13-1 after 6 innings, the starting pitcher switches places with the right fielder to preserve the moundsmanâ€™s arm. The right fielder gives up 9 runs in the next 2 innings, though, so the starter is brought back to the mound to pitch the top of the ninth. With the home team now leading 13-10, he strikes out the side in order to close out the game.
As the official scorer you give the starter the win, as all of the rulebookâ€™s criteria are met, but do you also award a save?
A – Yes.
B – No.
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Answer: B – No.
Rule 10.19(b) states:
[The official scorer shall credit a pitcher with a save when] He is not the winning pitcher.