line drive


Definition of line drive

: a batted baseball hit in a nearly straight line usually not far above the ground

Examples of line drive in a Sentence

He hit a hard line drive to the shortstop.

Recent Examples on the Web

Brandon Nimmo capitalized by cracking a line drive on the 10th pitch of the at-bat. Los Angeles Times, "Kenta Maeda notches save, Kenley Jansen pitches a flawless eighth in Dodgers’ win," 15 Sep. 2019 Three of the first four Giants to come to the plate on Saturday reached against rookie starter Tony Gonsolin as the Dodgers rookie surrendered a leadoff bloop single to Mike Yastrzemski, a walk to Evan Longoria and a line drive single to Vogt. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Tyler Beede, six Giants relievers combine to stun the Dodgers in shutout win," 7 Sep. 2019 Among his outs the past two days were a line drive to shortstop Monday with an exit velocity of 101.5 mph and a liner to right field at 106.6 mph on Sunday. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres notes: In no-win situation with Urias at shortstop," 2 Sep. 2019 All of the runs were charged to right-hander Dustin May, who left after being struck on the side of the head by Jake Lamb’s 91.6 mph line drive. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Diamondbacks fail to complete sweep, fall to Dodgers in 11 innings," 1 Sep. 2019 Yes, the Royals’ hits were not cheap — two line drive singles preceded Jorge Soler’s 25th home run, a two-run shot in the first — but Soler’s home run was a fly ball that received enough carry to travel over the right field fence. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers observations: Offense brilliant, Jordan Zimmermann pounded," 14 July 2019 Slug, hitting doubles and homers is a lot more valuable than someone being 6-3, 225 hitting line drives up the middle every time. Wells Dusenbury,, "Uncle Sam wants you (Marlins’ Nic Ready) to play baseball," 27 June 2019 Springer gave one last burst of hope with a line drive. Hunter Atkins, Houston Chronicle, "Rays take see-saw battle from Astros to avoid sweep," 29 Aug. 2019 Red Sox top pitching prospect Thad Ward was hit with a line drive on his pitching elbow Tuesday afternoon while pitching for Salem. Julian Mcwilliams,, "David Price throws a three-inning simulated game," 27 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of line drive

1903, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of line drive

baseball : a ball that is hit by the batter and goes in a nearly straight line not far above the ground

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