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Backdated MLB scoring ruling helps out Justin Steele

12 months agoTony Andracki

More than two weeks after his start against the Red Sox, Justin Steele is getting some help in that outing.

Major League Baseball made a scoring change from that July 16 game at Wrigley Field, ruling Connor Wong’s double a two-base error on Nico Hoerner instead.

That means all 5 runs in the inning are now unearned and brings Steele’s season ERA down to 2.46, which is tops in all of baseball.

It also changes that outing to another quality start for Steele, his 14th of the year.

Wong led off the 5th inning of that game with a ball that skipped off of Hoerner and was originally ruled a double.

The next three batters singled — leading to Wong scoring — before Steele got a strikeout and a foulout.

Then Red Sox rookie outfielder Masataka Yoshida hit a grand slam, stretching the Boston tally to 5 runs in the inning.

The scoring change saves 41 ERA points for Steele, who was listed with a 2.87 season ERA prior to the adjustment.

He is on the mound Tuesday evening against the division-leading Reds.

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