ground·​er | \ˈgrau̇n-dər \

Definition of grounder 

Examples of grounder in a Sentence

He hit a grounder to the shortstop.

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Leake retired the first two hitters, then Jed Lowrie hit a grounder to shortstop that Jean Segura got to with a diving stop. Scott Hanson, The Seattle Times, "Mariners rally in 11th, end A’s chances at AL West title," 25 Sep. 2018 Renfroe then hit a grounder to shortstop to start an inning-ending double play. Kevin Acee,, "Padres lose Jordan Lyles, then lose game to Giants," 23 June 2018 Tommy Hunter started the bottom of the seventh by forcing Tommy Pham to hit a grounder to third base. Matt Breen,, "Scott Kingery's clutch triple powers Phillies past Cardinals," 19 May 2018 Pillar came home on a grounder to third by Devon Travis. George Sipple, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers losing streak at 11 after walk-off loss to Blue Jays," 30 June 2018 That lone runner was erased on a double play grounder. Clark Spencer, miamiherald, "This Marlins pitcher hasn't given up a hit in more than a month.," 29 June 2018 Hernán Pérez followed with what should have been a double-play grounder but second baseman Jedd Gyorko threw the ball away to first, allowing Pérez to go to second. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Cardinals 3, Brewers 2: Yadier Molina homers twice as St. Louis rebounds from tough loss," 23 June 2018 Ronald Torreyes hit a two-hopper for what appeared to be an easy inning-ending double-play grounder to Lindor, a Gold Glove winner in 2016, but the ball bounced out of the pocket of his glove. Ronald Blum,, "Yankees Beat Indians For 14th Win In 15 Games," 5 May 2018 After Southern Miss' Luke Reynolds homered for the second time in the game to pull the Golden Eagles within a run, Lambert slammed the door with a strikeout and a double-play grounder. Creg Stephenson,, "South Alabama baseball rallies for 10-9 win over Southern Miss," 20 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of grounder

1867, in the meaning defined above

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