at bat

plural at bats

Definition of at bat 


: a turn at batting had three hits in five at bats

Note: For the purposes of calculating a player's batting average and slugging percentage, an official at bat is charged for each turn at batting except when the player walks, hits a sacrifice bunt or sacrifice fly, is hit by a pitched ball, or is interfered with by the catcher.

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McGwire homered in his next at bat, and then twice in each of his remaining two games., "Exiled by the Cubs, Sammy Sosa Is Enjoying the Life He Wants You to See," 27 June 2018 Ramos had 12 hits in 19 at bats with 13 RBI in the series against New Orleans. Tim Grubbs,, "'Cakes drop another extra inning game, lose 8-7," 17 Apr. 2018 That set the stage for Seymour, who in his first three at bats flied to center, walked and struck out swinging. Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "WIAA baseball: Down to his last strike, Joe Seymour delivers for Germantown," 11 July 2018 But Rojas has started just two games at short since June 27 as Riddle has re-claimed his old position with better at bats. Clark Spencer, miamiherald, "After long recovery, JT Riddle is back on his game," 10 July 2018 Beau Jordan was hit by a pitch the next at bat, loading the bases before Hal Hughes came up two batters later with two outs. Brody Miller,, "Breaking down LSU's 9th inning rally against Northwestern State to keep season alive," 3 June 2018 Peyton Chatagnier led the offense with a series-high five hits and five runs in 10 at bats, adding a double and a triple. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Matt Thompson pitches Cypress Ranch back to state," 2 June 2018 Jorge Soler, Mike Moustakas and Salvador Pérez homered on three consecutive at bats, and after Bundy walked Lucas Duda and Whit Merrifield, Alex Gordon hit a three-run homer to give the Royals a 7-0 lead and chase Bundy from the game. Eduardo A. Encina,, "Orioles starter Dylan Bundy's decline hits historic low with first-inning shelling by Royals," 8 May 2018 With Moeller at bat Moeller averages 6.6 runs per game and is batting .316 as a team. James Weber,, "One on one between Moeller, Covington Catholic," 4 May 2018

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1908, in the meaning defined above

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