force play


Definition of force play

: a play in which a runner is forced to advance to the next base when the batter puts the ball in play and can be put out if a fielder holding the ball touches the base before the runner reaches it

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Trailing 4-0 with the bases loaded and no outs, Garver hit a grounder to shortstop, but Manny Machado’s throw home to get a force play skipped and pulled catcher Caleb Joseph off home plate, allowing the run to score. Eduardo A. Encina,, "Orioles seal third winless road trip of season with 10-1 loss to Twins," 8 July 2018 With two out, Gorkys Hernandez grounded into a force play at second. Mark Gonzales,, "Kris Bryant, Javier Baez hit HRs, Cubs-Giants tied at 4 in 12th," 11 July 2018 The teams’ anger still simmering following Anthony Rizzo’s slide that leveled catcher Elias Diaz in Monday’s game burst a bit Wednesday when Pirates pitcher Joe Musgrove slid hard into Javier Baez at second base on a force play. Steve Rosenbloom,, "Hey, MLB, order your umps to explain video reviews," 31 May 2018 Trey Mancini hit a ball into the hole that shortstop Jean Segura barely kept in the infield, making a diving play and throwing to second for a force play. Eduardo A. Encina,, "Reliever Miguel Castro's walks hurt Orioles in 5-3 loss to Mariners," 25 June 2018 Derek Fisher struck out and George Springer lined into a 5-4 force play to strand the bases loaded. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Angels hand Astros second straight loss," 25 Apr. 2018 But Castro then induced consecutive ground balls to first, where Davis erased the leadoff runner at the plate on force plays. Eduardo A. Encina,, "After early outburst, Orioles offense sputters in 5-4 loss to Twins; team is 40 games under .500," 7 July 2018 Grandal had driven in the Dodgers’ first run, in the first inning, with a two-out single to left after Joc Pederson and Max Muncy walked and Turner hit into a force play. Helene Elliott,, "Dodgers complete sweep of Pirates with no home run fireworks needed," 5 July 2018 Maddon defended his decision to opt for Bass, saying shortstop Addison Russell could have thrown to third base for a potential force play instead of making a low throw to first that enabled Marcell Ozuna to reach first safely to load the bases. Mark Gonzales,, "Joe Maddon defends his decision to put Anthony Bass in over Steve Cishek," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of force play

1912, in the meaning defined above

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