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

Examples of force play in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Polanco fielded the ball and threw to second baseman Luis Arraez for an inning-ending force play, but the throw pulled Arraez off the bag. La Velle E. Neal Iii, Star Tribune, "Twins' Game 1 loss to Astros result of ninth-inning meltdown, weak offense," 30 Sep. 2020 The next batter, Steve Garvey, hit a shot to almost the same place, but Nettles grabbed it and threw to second for the force play and third out. Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers World Series history: 20 times they played for title," 19 Oct. 2020 None of the runners took off, so Arraez was able to throw to second for the force play. La Velle E. Neal Iii, Star Tribune, "Rogers' struggles, Kepler's ninth-inning error sinks Twins against White Sox 8-5," 31 Aug. 2020 The Twins played no small part in that, gifting the Astros a second life in the ninth inning when Jorge Polanco threw wide of second on what should have been a routine force play. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Haters gonna wait: Astros are back and getting 'loud' after beating Twins in Game 1," 29 Sep. 2020 Erik Kratz drove in a run with a force play at third before Kremer struck out Tyler Wade. David Ginsburg, Star Tribune, "Kremer stymies Yankees in MLB debut for Orioles in 5-1 win," 6 Sep. 2020 The Reds argued the call but replays showed Galvis was out, and just like that an apparent RBI single became a 9-2 force play. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 3, Reds 2: Escaping from bases-loaded jam in bizarre fashion, Brewers hang on," 25 Aug. 2020 The Astros used three hits, two walks, a hit batter and a Bumgarner throwing error on a force play at second base in plating five runs. Michelle Gardner, The Arizona Republic, "Day off didn't help: 'Grinding' Diamondbacks drop opener to Astros," 4 Aug. 2020 Beyond that, a team needs only to be within four games of the No. 8 seed to force play-in games for the final spot in either conference. Ira Winderman,, "ASK IRA: Does win total matter for Heat in seeding games?," 1 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of force play

1912, in the meaning defined above

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25 Nov 2020

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“Force play.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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