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 In the bottom of the fifth, Houston's Carlos Correa singled off Rendon's glove to score Gurriel, who had grounded into a force play and gone to second on a walk to Yordan Alvarez. Steve Almasy, CNN, "World Series Game 7: Washington Nationals defeat Houston Astros to clinch first World Series," 30 Oct. 2019 Instead, Baez fielded Ian Desmond’s grounder with the bases loaded and fired to home plate to get a force play for the second out. Mark Gonzales,, "5 takeaways from the Cubs-Rockies series, including a potential 'spicy' rematch in October and Javier Baez's heroics," 13 June 2019 Heyward did feel comfortable, but the poor bunt resulted in a force play at third, and Addison Russell grounded into an inning-ending double play. Paul Sullivan,, "Cubs get blanked by the Brewers for the 2nd straight day as Craig Kimbrel serves up a 3-run bomb to Christian Yelich," 1 Sep. 2019 On a force play at second base, Manny Machado slides over the bag and spikes Pedroia in the knee. Andrew Mahoney,, "Dustin Pedroia undergoes joint preservation surgery on knee," 7 Aug. 2019 Role: Developmental prospect with hope defensive potential forces playing time. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Analyzing the Detroit Pistons roster and predicting the depth chart," 22 July 2019 After rain had forced play to be called off for the day on Tuesday evening, most of those turning up in Manchester were expecting to watch an Indian progression into Sunday's final at Lord's. James Masters, CNN, "India crashes out to New Zealand in Cricket World Cup semifinal," 10 July 2019 Amid a frantic ninth inning in which the Giants rallied for four runs to trail the Dodgers 9-8, Vogt was called out on a force play. John Shea,, "Giants furious after replay decision stalls 9th-inning rally in 9-8 loss," 21 June 2019 This led to another sacrifice bunt, this one by Henry Davis, a bases-loading intentional walk to Logan Wyatt, and a hard bouncer by Tyler Fitzgerald that resulted in a force play at the plate and Leonard standing on third base. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Trey Leonard rebounds from error to be a hero as Louisville baseball beats Ilinois State," 3 June 2019

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First Known Use of force play

1912, in the meaning defined above

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14 Nov 2019

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“Force play.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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