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.

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The only negative was that it was cut short after he was hit in the shin by line drive from former Rangers All-Star Ian Desmond, who was teammates with Ivan Rodriguez with the Washington Nationals in 2010-11. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Pudge's son pitches well in MLB debut. He can hit, too," 30 May 2018 Bellinger singled in the second inning and doubled to lead off the fifth, but was doubled off second base on a line drive by Kyle Farmer. Nihal Kolur,, "Dave Roberts Benches Cody Bellinger for Not Hustling," 29 Apr. 2018 Because Miller, Cody Allen and Co. couldn’t be counted on, manager Terry Francona moved Bauer, arguably the team’s best starter who was on his way to a possible Cy Young when a line drive broke his leg in August, into a relief role. Tom Withers, The Seattle Times, "Bitter finish: Indians’ first-round exit leaves sour taste," 9 Oct. 2018 Joe Kelly entered, and Escobar's one-out line drive bounced in front of Jackie Bradley Jr. and skipped past the center fielder for an error as two runs scored. Hartford Courant,, "Four-Run Eighth Does In Red Sox In 6-2 Loss To Twins," 20 June 2018 The three-run homer against Cleveland Indians starter Josh Tomlin was produced by the most elegant of left-handed strokes, a first-inning line drive that sailed into the sea of outstretched hands in the right field stands. Dylan Hernandez,, "It's a special moment for Shohei Ohtani as he clubs his first home run at Angel Stadium," 4 Apr. 2018 Perkins' line drive from the top of the arc made it 70-63 with under 3 minutes to play, and the Rockets were done. Bill Livingston,, "MAC Championship: Buffalo outguns Toledo, 76-66: Bill Livingston," 10 Mar. 2018 The cresting Dipoto cites is James Paxton getting hit by a line drive and going to the disabled list, Felix Hernandez posting career-worst numbers, and Marco Gonzales and Wade LeBlanc hitting August snags. Matt Calkins, The Seattle Times, "Mariners and Jerry Dipoto seem stuck with this starting rotation after lack of options at the trade deadline," 20 Aug. 2018 Mitch Haniger and Jean Segura had singles to lead off the inning, and Cruz tied the score when his line drive to right-center field just cleared the fence. Scott Hanson, The Seattle Times, "Mariners rally in 11th, end A’s chances at AL West title," 25 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of line drive

1903, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of line drive was in 1903

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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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