force play

noun

Definition of force play 

baseball

: 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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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, baltimoresun.com, "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, baltimoresun.com, "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, latimes.com, "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, chicagotribune.com, "Joe Maddon defends his decision to put Anthony Bass in over Steve Cishek," 18 June 2018 Danny Oriente scored on the play, but right fielder Gabe Holt alertly pegged a throw to second base for a 9-6 force play. Randy Rosetta, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville baseball one defeat from NCAA elimination after Texas Tech loss," 3 June 2018 Smith got her round in before a 2-hour, 49-minute delay caused by thunderstorms, weather that ultimately forced play to be halted with a little daylight left. BostonGlobe.com, "Kyle Stanley, Joaquin Niemann share Memorial lead," 2 June 2018 President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has repeatedly denied that his security forces played any role in Mr. Regeni’s death, and vowed to find his killers. Declan Walsh, New York Times, "Egypt Hands Over Video in Murder Case — Damaged and 2 Years Late," 1 June 2018

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1912, in the meaning defined above

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