called strike


: a pitched baseball not struck at by the batter that passes through the strike zone

Examples of called strike in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Chicago White Sox starter Dylan Cease’s ninth pitch while facing Kyle Farmer in the fifth inning could have been called strike three. Lamond Pope, Chicago Tribune, 17 Sep. 2023 For now, the UAW has called strikes at three final assembly plants, where vehicles are built to be shipped to consumers. Peter Valdes-Dapena, CNN, 15 Sep. 2023 Spencer Torkelson worked a four-pitch walk with two outs in the seventh inning, but Ohtani bounced back by striking out Carpenter on three pitches — 98.4 mph four-seam fastball (called strike), 85.7 mph sweeper (called strike) and 81.5 mph curveball (swinging strike) — for the third out. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 27 July 2023 Manning struck out Ohtani on three consecutive fastballs — 97 mph (called strike), 97.4 mph (swinging strike) and 97.9 mph (called strike) — in the first inning, but Ohtani got his revenge as part of a five-run second inning. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 27 July 2023 Olson responded by striking out Michael A. Taylor (swinging, 85.1 mph slider), Edouard Julien (swinging, 85.2 mph slider) and Correa (called strike, 96 mph fastball). Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 25 June 2023 His pitching wasn’t actually terrible: there were balls that could have been called strikes, a few hits that nearly went foul or for outs. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, 12 June 2023 There also appeared to be balls out of the zone called strikes against Adolis García with the tying run on in the seventh and against Robbie Grossman, Corey Seager and Nathaniel Lowe in the ninth. Evan Grant, Dallas News, 31 May 2023 Includes only pitches that follow a take (called strike or called ball) and that are thrown to the same batter. Francesca Paris, New York Times, 24 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1869, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of called strike was in 1869

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“Called strike.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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