The box score below is an accurate record of events for the baseball contest played on April 2, 1997 at Cinergy Field. The Cincinnati Reds defeated the Colorado Rockies and the box score is "ready to surrender its truth to the knowing eye."
"The box score is the catechism of baseball, ready to surrender its truth to the knowing eye." - Author Stanley Cohen in The Man in the Crowd (1981)
Colorado Rockies 3, Cincinnati Reds 5
|Sanders D. cf||5||1||4||1|
|Sanders R. rf||4||2||3||3|
|Swift L (0-1)||5.0||9||5||5||1||3|
|Burba W (1-0)||7.0||5||3||3||2||7|
|Shaw SV (1)||1.0||0||0||0||1||1|
E –Swift (1). DP –Colorado 1, Cincinnati 2. 2B –Colorado Young (1,off Belinda), Cincinnati Sierra (2,off Swift); R Sanders (1,off Holmes); Taubensee (1,off Holmes). HR –Colorado Walker (1,2nd inning off Burba 0 on, 0 out); Galarraga (1,5th inning off Burba 0 on, 0 out), Cincinnati R Sanders (1,1st inning off Swift 2 on, 1 out). HBP –Burks (1,by Belinda). Team LOB –5. SH –Burba (1,off Swift). IBB –Morris (1,by Holmes). Team –9. SB –D. Sanders (3,3rd base off Swift/Manwaring); R. Sanders (1,2nd base off Swift/Manwaring). BK –Swift (1). HBP –Belinda (1,Burks). IBB –Holmes (1,Morris). U-HP –Bruce Dreckman, 1B –Gary Darling, 2B –Charlie Reliford, 3B –Dana DeMuth. T –2:45. A –20,210.
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Fred Schwed, Jr., in How to Watch a Baseball Game (1957) wrote our favorite baseball box score quote, "The baseball box score is the pithiest form of written communication in America today. It is abbreviated history. It is two or three hours (the box score even gives that item to the minute) of complex activity, virtually inscribed on the head of a pin, yet no knowing reader suffers from eyestrain."