at bat

noun
plural at bats

Definition of at bat 

baseball

: 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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Machado did run out a grounder on his final at bat of the night Tuesday. Eduardo A. Encina, baltimoresun.com, "Machado apologizes for not running out grounder, says 'there's no excuse'," 27 June 2018 Oregon State leadoff hitter Steven Kwan drove a homer over the right field fence the first at bat of the bottom half of the first to take a 1-0 lead. Brody Miller, NOLA.com, "Oregon State dominates LSU again to end the Tigers' season," 3 June 2018 Havre de Grace scored multiple runs in four of six at bats en route to an 12-6 win over Rising Sun. Randy Mcroberts, The Aegis, "HdG girls win District 5 Major Softball title," 29 June 2018 McGwire homered in his next at bat, and then twice in each of his remaining two games. SI.com, "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, NOLA.com, "'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, NOLA.com, "Breaking down LSU's 9th inning rally against Northwestern State to keep season alive," 3 June 2018

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First Known Use of at bat

1908, in the meaning defined above

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