ground ball

noun

Definition of ground ball 

: a batted baseball that bounds or rolls along the ground

Examples of ground ball in a Sentence

He hit a ground ball to the shortstop.

Recent Examples on the Web

His best friend, the ground ball, still resulted in two double plays, the most important a 5-4-3 inning-ender after the Cardinals scored two runs in the sixth on Harrison Bader’s triple and Jose Martinez’s ensuing single. Jeff Sanders, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Richard dials up 10 Ks, spares bullpen in Padres win," 13 May 2018 Ramírez’s only blemish in a 4-1 loss to the Phillies came after a walk and a double in the fifth inning put two runners on base for a topspin ground ball that went under Chris Davis’ glove for a two-run error. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "Buck Showalter: Orioles rookie Yefry Ramírez 'has got my eye' after another strong showing," 5 July 2018 Yoan Moncada can make the routine ground ball look tougher than tax law yet make an athletic grab seem like child’s play. Phil Thompson, chicagotribune.com, "Yoan Moncada asked to learn error of his ways — and he's not the only one," 29 June 2018 Nimmo this year has substantially cut down on ground balls and started pulling the ball more. Jack Dickey, SI.com, "A Reworked Swing Has Brandon Nimmo, Mets Smiling in Surprise Breakout Campaign," 20 June 2018 Lewis Brinson nearly beat out an infield hit with a ground ball in the second. Clark Spencer, miamiherald, "Marlins nearly land on wrong side of major league history in loss to Padres," 10 June 2018 These modifications have helped him induce significantly more ground balls, which help him keep the ball in the yard and work out of jams. Greg Pyron, USA TODAY, "Fantasy baseball: April, May stats can tell two different stories," 6 June 2018 After a crucial ground ball by Louie Adams on the overtime faceoff, the Scots called timeout, setting up the late-game heroics. Wells Dusenbury, Sun-Sentinel.com, "St. Andrew's eliminates two-time defending state champion St. Thomas Aquinas in OT," 2 May 2018 Pinch-hitter Daniel Descalso reached on a dribbling ground ball to start the ninth inning before Brad Hand struck out three straight for his 24th save. Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Padres hit, take opener against Diamondbacks," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of ground ball

1857, in the meaning defined above

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ground ball

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ground ball

baseball : a ball that is hit by the batter and that rolls or bounces along the ground

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