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 Downing was intentionally walked to load the bases to set up a force play at home. Los Angeles Times, 12 Oct. 2021 If that wasn’t comical enough, Sanchez decided to keep his foot on home plate on a force play at home with Gio Urshela’s throw going wide in the third inning. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, 11 Sep. 2021 Willie Abreu then singled before the Ponies’ Oscar De La Cruz recorded his first out, when Matt McLaughlin grounded into a force play. Staff Reports,, 2 Aug. 2021 Guerrero and Teoscar Hernández were walked intentionally to load the bases before Grichuk hit into a force play, setting the stage for Panik. Mike Haim, Star Tribune, 2 June 2021 Battles quickly rolled over and, from his backside, threw to second base for a force play. Matt Jones, Arkansas Online, 31 May 2021 In the eighth, though, the Rangers scored their final run when Seattle catcher Luis Torrens forgot to tag out runner Charlie Culberson, thinking instead the bases were loaded and there was a force play. Evan Grant, Dallas News, 8 May 2021 Senzel sprinted to the bag, but he was called out on the force play. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, 6 Apr. 2021 The Twins, now 2-3 in spring training, loaded the bases in the seventh inning, but Keon Broxton grounded into a force play at second base to end the game. Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune, 4 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of force play

1912, in the meaning defined above

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“Force play.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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