double play

noun

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

Hosmer followed with a grounder back to pitcher Tony Watson, whose bounced throw to second base negated what appeared to be a certain double play. Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Padres lose Jordan Lyles, then lose game to Giants," 23 June 2018 The biggest was a 6-3-2 double play to end the third inning when Falls had runners on second and third with one out. Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Five-run first inning sets tone for Burlington's victory over Chippewa Falls in state softball quarterfinals," 7 June 2018 In the eighth inning of the Cubs’ game with the Pirates on Monday, a grounder with the bases loaded set up would could have been an easy double play. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "Anthony Rizzo's dangerous slide at home led to a 2-run throwing error," 28 May 2018 The Sox challenged another call and lost it, with Jose Abreu’s foot coming off the bag after what would have been a double play in the third. Teddy Greenstein, chicagotribune.com, "White Sox's struggles continue with 10-6 loss to Pirates," 8 May 2018 Bell also bunted and Rivera managed to nail Dellucci at third, but Brosius, the Yankees’ third baseman, curiously held onto the ball instead of trying for the double play. Bob Mcmanaman, azcentral, "'You've gotta believe!' The Diamondbacks did just that during the 2001 World Series," 27 Mar. 2018 In Game 2, Utley slid hard and late, past the second-base bag and into the New York Mets' Ruben Tejada in a clear attempt to break up a double play, ultimately breaking Tejada's leg in the process. Scott Boeck, USA TODAY, "Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley plans to retire at end of the 2018 season," 13 July 2018 North Springs turned a rare double play (for that age group) in the sixth inning against Liberty City. Gary Curreri, Sun-Sentinel.com, "North Springs Little League 11-under all-stars shine brightly at sectionals," 11 July 2018 Nimmo was quickly erased on a double play, and Eovaldi faced the minimum while needing only 79 pitches to get through seven innings. Jeffrey Metallo, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Nathan Eovaldi flirts with perfection as Rays blast Mets 9-0," 8 July 2018

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First Known Use of double play

1867, in the meaning defined above

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double play

noun

English Language Learners Definition of double play

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

double play

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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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