The 1st inning and it last to the top of the ninth unless the away team is winning on the road, then the home team gets a shot at winning the game at the bottom of the ninth.
That is when the home team is batting in the ninth inning. If the home team is ahead after the visiting team makes its three outs in the 'top' of the ninth (their turn to bat in the ninth inning) there is no bottom of the ninth because the game is over and the home team has won. If the home team is tied or behind the visiting team after the visiting team makes their three outs in the ninth inning, the home team comes to bat and it is called 'batting in the bottom of the ninth inning'.
the top of the inning is the first three outs in an inning. an inning has a total of six outs, three outs for each team. each team takes as many at-bats as they can get before they get three outs in their half of the inning. then the other team gets at-bats until they get three outs. after that, the inning is over. ============================================ The home team gets "home field advantage." In baseball, the visiting team bats first and the home team bats last. The advantage to batting last is that the visiting team does not get another chance to take the lead if the home team is ahead after the visiting team has batted in the ninth inning, or if the home team takes the lead during its turn at bat in the ninth inning. The home team always gets the last chance to tie or win the game in the ninth inning or extra innings. The "top" of the inning refers to the visiting team being at bat. The "bottom" of the inning refers to the home team being at bat.
On a scoreboard, the visitor's inning by inning score is shown above the home team's score. So the visitor's score is on the top and the home team's is on the bottom.
The top half of the inning is when the visiting team is batting. When the home team is batting, that is called the bottom half of the inning.
3 per team IMPROVED ANSWER: In a normal 9-inning baseball game, "3 per team" would be correct. However, there are many games when both teams do not have to bat in the ninth inning, thus reducing the number of outs in that inning to zero for one of the teams (the case would apply to a home team that is leading after the other team registers 3 outs in the top half of the ninth inning). The home team would have won the game if still ahead after the other team bats in their half of the ninth. There is no need to bat in the bottom of the ninth.
Yes they do, just as in baseball. The visiting team bats during the top of an inning. The home team bats during the bottom of an inning.
With respects to the sport of baseball (which I believe is the root of your question), the term "top of the fifth" simply refers to the first half of the fifth inning during which the visiting team has the opportunity to bat. After the visiting team cycles through their allotted three outs, the inning enters the bottom of the inning. Each inning has both a "top" and "bottom" half. The actual term "top" or "bottom" of an inning stems from the placement of the score on either the top or bottom section of a scoreboard or scorecard.
Six, Three in the top of the inning and three at the bottom
If a pitcher leaves a tie game after finishing the 8th inning he cannot get the loss. If his team takes the lead before another pitcher on his team throws a pitch he could be credited with the win. For example, if a pitcher finishes the bottom of the 8th with a tie score and his team takes the lead in the top of the 9th and they keep the lead in the bottom of the ninth, he gets the win. If his replacement throws a pitch in the bottom of the 9th with the score still tied, the pitcher that left after the 8th inning gets a "no decision". If his team takes the lead in the top of the ninth, but they cannot hold the lead in the bottom of the ninth (another tie or loss) the pitcher that finished the 8th inning gets a "no decision". The final win will go to the "pitcher of record" when the winning run is finally scored (even if he only faced the last batter of the inning before the winning run is scored). The pitcher that gives up the winning run gets the loss.
The situation that you describe is not possible because a pitcher who is starting at home would pitch the top of the inning, not the bottom. The home team always plays defense in the top of an inning and offense in the bottom of an inning. If the score is 0-0 in the top of the seventh and the team scores in the top of the seventh and does not give up the lead, the pitcher who was in the lineup in the bottom of the sixth when the final out was recorded will be awarded the win regardless of whether they pitch the bottom of the seventh.
It will depend on the circumstances. If this happens in the top of the ninth inning, he will get a save if he retires the remaining batters without giving up a run, but if he gives up one run to tie the game, so that the game is tied in the middle of the ninth, he will get a win if his team gets a run in the bottom of the ninth inning. Peter