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

Except Bellinger launched a rocket on a fly to the plate to nail Kinsler, turning what looked like a sacrifice fly into a double play and atoning for his previous mistake. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Dodgers Beat Red Sox, Eventually, in Longest-Ever World Series Game," 27 Oct. 2018 LeMahieu hit that pitch on the ground for the game-ending double play Tuesday night. Jerry Mcdonald, sacbee, "Giants can’t close out homestand with a win as Dyson blows save in the ninth," 28 June 2018 He was spared more damage thanks to his defense, which turned two double plays behind him, and Judge, whose diving catch in right robbed J.D. Martinez of a hit — and left a large divot. New York Times, "Brett Gardner Finally Joins the Party as the Yankees Surge Into First Place," 9 May 2018 In the fifth and sixth innings with Lakeshore runners on base with one out, the Spartans turned double plays to end any hopes of offense. Pat Mashburn,, "Salmen 2, Lakeshore 0: The Cardiac Kids are at it again in victory," 28 Mar. 2018 Nobody would argue the position doesn’t come with its share of challenges for inexperienced practitioners, particularly in trying to turn double plays with one’s back turned to the runner sliding in. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Why Second Base Is the New Right Field," 26 Oct. 2018 After allowing three runs in the fourth, Gallardo induced a 4-6-3 ending-inning double play. Stefan Stevenson, star-telegram, "Rangers reaction: Jeff Banister reaches club milestone at record pace," 5 July 2018 But Mahle got Nick Markakis to hit into a 4-6-3 double play. John Fay,, "Cincinnati Reds streak ends in a walk-off in Atlanta," 26 June 2018 Riddle also figured in two double plays turned by the Marlins, including one that ended the eighth. Craig Davis,, "Trevor Richards notches first big-league win as Marlins down Giants again," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of double play

1867, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of double play was in 1867

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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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