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.

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Mike Moustakas followed with a single on a ground ball that hit third baseman Kyle Seager on the wrist of his glove hand. Maria Torres, kansascity, "Homers again do in Ian Kennedy and the Royals as they lose to Mariners," 29 June 2018 With the bases loaded in the eighth inning of Monday's game, Rizzo sprinted home on a ground ball to shortstop and appeared to contact catcher Elias Diaz's leg intentionally as Diaz tried to turn the home-to-first double play. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "MLB: Cubs' Anthony Rizzo should have been called for interference on slide," 29 May 2018 When Scooter Gennett hit a ground ball to White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson, Hamilton took a step back toward third base before dashing to the plate. Bobby Nightengale,, "Yoan Moncada's 3-run triple drops the Cincinnati Reds in 12-inning slugfest," 3 July 2018 Now for the temporary good news: Corban Joseph hit a soft ground ball to second that got there too slowly for the Nationals to turn an inning-ending double play, so Valencia scored from third to give the lead back to the Orioles. Peter Schmuck,, "Orioles let a lot go to waste in middle innings of their come-from-ahead loss to Nationals," 20 June 2018 After Duvall cleared the bases with a two-out double, Bailey hit a ground ball that ricocheted off the glove of a diving Jake Lamb at third base. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Nick Ahmed, Diamondbacks break out offensively in series opener vs. Reds," 28 May 2018 Denison, who finished the night with a 2-for-5 performance at the dish with two RBI and a run scored, chopped a ground ball to Samford's Fryman. Samford Athletics,, "Samford baseball travels to Troy for midweek showdown Tuesday," 19 Aug. 2017 In short, Paxton is a strikeout artist who manages his walk total, keeps the ball in the park, and induces a ton of ground balls. Michael Beller,, "Byron Buxton, Gerrit Cole Lead American League Fantasy Breakout Candidates," 13 Mar. 2018 The Marlins jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning and, after the Rockies came back to tie it in the third, took the lead for good in the fourth on JT Riddle's RBI double and Cameron Maybin's ground ball out. Clark Spencer, miamiherald, "Marlins cap off winning trip but lose another pitcher in the process," 24 June 2018

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First Known Use of ground ball

1857, in the meaning defined above

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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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