How, you ask, can a single pitcher get the win and the loss in the very same game?
Yesterday's Yankees/Twins game was suspended by rain and completed today before their regularly-scheduled game. Yesterday, A.J. Burnett and Scott Baker matched zeros for 5 innings until the game was suspended. The game resumed today in the top of the 6th and Derek Jeter homered to put the Yankees ahead and provide the only run of the game. Burnett, as the pitcher of record, got the win despite not appearing in the game today.
Imagine that the game had been suspended just the same but instead of being completed today, the game got completed sometime in August or September. Now imagine that A.J. Burnett had been traded to the Twins in the interim. When there is a significant delay in between the original date and the completion date of a suspended game, the teams negotiate beforehand over the handling of personnel changes, meaning players who appeared in the original game who are no longer available due to injury or being removed from the roster in any of a number of ways.
Anyway, imagine that Burnett was on the Twins when the game resumed. Imagine that he came in to pitch the top of the 6th inning and it was he who surrendered Jeter's go-ahead homer. That would make Burnett the pitcher of record for both the Yankees and the Twins!
I think there might be an explicit rule against a single pitcher earning two decisions in a game--I'm not sure about that. But it's fun to think about the possibilities 🙂
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