ground ball


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 With runners at first and second and two outs in a scoreless game in the fifth inning, Andrus dove onto the grass for a ground ball up the middle. Dallas News, "Five notable moments from Elvis Andrus’ storied career with the Texas Rangers," 6 Feb. 2021 But Hill induced Kyle Schwarber into hitting a hard ground ball to Donaldson, who dove into third base to tag out Bryant. La Velle E. Neal Iii, Star Tribune, "Twins shut out 1-0 by Kyle Hendricks and the Cubs as road woes continue," 18 Sep. 2020 Once Wade Miley fielded a ground ball and threw to first baseman Joey Votto for the final out Friday, Cincinnati Reds players jumped over the dugout railing and mobbed each other at the mound. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, "'We're a (bleeping) nightmare': Cincinnati Reds clinch first MLB playoff berth since 2013," 26 Sep. 2020 The Yankees then took the lead on infielder D.J. LeMahieu’s chopping ground ball that scurried through Hand’s legs and past the diving Cleveland middle infielders. David Waldstein, New York Times, "What We Learned From Day 2 of the M.L.B. Playoffs," 30 Sep. 2020 With runners on first and second and two out, Ruiz went to his left to field a ground ball from Andrew McCutchen. Jon Meoli,, "Chance Sisco, Rio Ruiz lift Orioles over Phillies, 5-4, for fourth straight victory," 12 Aug. 2020 The righthander, who grew up in a Dallas suburb about 15 miles from Globe Life Field, allowed a harmless single to Justin Turner, but ended the eighth inning by inducing a ground ball by Max Muncy. Phil Miller, Star Tribune, "Preposterous Game 4 finish makes a winner of ex-Twin John Curtiss," 25 Oct. 2020 Shivers went to field it at the Auburn 4, but then either thought better of it or just misjudged the bounce like an infielder misreading a ground ball. Joseph Goodman |, al, "Why does the SEC keep bailing out Auburn?," 24 Oct. 2020 Nick Markakis hit a ground ball to the left side and the runner on third, Dansby Swanson, broke for the plate on contact. Jesse Yomtov, USA TODAY, "Braves cost themselves a huge inning with Game 7 baserunning blunder vs. Dodgers," 19 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of ground ball

1857, in the meaning defined above

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14 Feb 2021

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“Ground ball.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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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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