double play


Definition of double play

: a play in baseball by which two players are put out

Examples of double play in a Sentence

The batter hit into a double play. They turned a double play to end the inning.
Recent Examples on the Web George Springer hit a ball hard, but the Rays turned a double play, allowing a run to score. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "Key error deals Astros Game 2 loss, 2-0 hole in ALCS," 12 Oct. 2020 Moments after he was relieved by Anderson with one out and one on in the third, Glasnow hollered and punched his fist in the air in the dugout after the Rays turned a double play. Bernie Wilson,, "Brosseau homer off Chapman lifts Rays over Yanks, into ALCS," 9 Oct. 2020 The last time the Cincinnati Reds were on the verge of sweeping a series, infielder Christian Colón grounded into a double play to end a 5-4 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Aug. 12. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, "Best bets: Why Reds have first chance for series sweep since Aug. 12," 16 Sep. 2020 Zimmermann got help from his defense, which turned a double play against six-time All-Star Paul Goldschmidt for the first two outs Thursday. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers' Jordan Zimmermann makes comeback, ready for 'fun experience'," 11 Sep. 2020 The Royals loaded the bases again with one out in the seventh, but Farmer — playing shortstop — made a diving stop on O'Hearn's grounder up the middle and turned a double play to protect the 5-3 lead that slipped away two innings later. Joe Kay, Star Tribune, "Votto's double in 10th lifts Reds over streaking Royals 6-5," 11 Aug. 2020 The Brewers turned another inning-ending double play in the third, this time on Robert. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 1, White Sox 0: Offense just does enough to put an end to Chicago's winning streak," 5 Aug. 2020 Pinch-hitter Mike Brosseau and Kiermaier singled in runs in the seventh against Victor Gonzalez, who snagged Zunino’s line drive and doubled Brosseau off second base for an inning-ending double play. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Kershaw, L.A. stars shine, Dodgers top Rays 8-3 in Series opener," 21 Oct. 2020 Turner, who had fallen, flipped the ball to shortstop Corey Seager, who tagged Riley for the bizarre double play. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "'It hurt worse last year': Braves fought Dodgers hard in NLCS, ready to knock door down next year," 19 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of double play

1867, in the meaning defined above

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8 Nov 2020

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“Double play.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of double play

baseball : a play in which the team in the field causes two runners to be put out

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Kids Definition of double play

: a play in baseball by which two base runners are put out

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