The letters ‘RHE’ that often appear at the top right-hand corner of a baseball scoreboard stand for runs, hits, and errors. Here’s how those letters play into following a baseball game.
R – Runs
The blocks labeled by inning numbers on the scoreboard keep track of the runs each team scores in their half of each inning. So, if the visiting team scores two runs in the top of the first inning, that block on the scoreboard shows a “2,” as in the image above.
The “R” column keeps track of the total runs scored by each team during the course of the game.
In the example above, the visitors scored two runs in the top of the first, none in the second, and one in the top of the third, for a total of three runs.
Meanwhile, the home team didn’t score in the first but did score one run in the bottom of the second inning. So, heading to the bottom of the third, the “R” column on the right-hand side shows a cumulative score of 3-1 in favor of the visitors.
H – Hits
Each hit that a team collects during the course of a baseball game is reflected in the “H” column of the scoreboard as the game progresses. Unlike runs, hit tallies are not shown for each inning, but just for the overall game. So, in the example above, the visiting team has collected five hits and the home team has collected two hits as the game heads to the bottom of the third inning.
As with hits, the baseball scoreboard shows the total number of errors that a team has committed as the game progresses, this time in the “E” column at the far right-hand side. In the example above, the home team has committed one error, while the visitors have committed none, through the top of the third inning.
Errors are the only defensive metric shown on the scoreboard, and they’re the only negative shown, too. That one error shown in the example above occurred while the visiting team was batting and helped them out, but it’s recorded — and shown — against the home team.
Did You Know? The record for the most errors in a game by a single player is held by Andy Leonard, who committed 9 gaffes in a game for the Boston Reds in 1876.