long ball

noun

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Examples of long ball in a Sentence

a pitcher who has given up a lot of long balls

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Paolo Guerrero latched onto a long ball, and waited before lofting a pass towards Andre Carrillo, who thunderous volley found the corner of the net. SI.com, "Australia 0-2 Peru: Socceroos Eliminated as Incas Bid Farewell With First World Cup Win in 40 Years," 26 June 2018 Also, the batting-practice pitcher who gave up more long balls — two threw each game, alternating innings — received a bonus. Chris Boghossian, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago ties run deep in original 'Home Run Derby,' a short-lived TV show at (the other) Wrigley Field," 13 July 2018 Against the Swiss, the Qataris defended well and played their way out of danger rather than kicking long balls out from the back. Daniella Matar, The Seattle Times, "Ahead of 2022 World Cup, Qatar still has a long way to go," 20 Nov. 2018 Still Fighting Joel Campbell picks up a long ball for Costa Rica. Victor Mather, New York Times, "Switzerland Does Enough to Advance in World Cup," 28 June 2018 Three minutes later, the Mexican defense could not stop a long ball for Eriksen, who finished with poise past Ochoa for the 2-0. Afp, chicagotribune.com, "Denmark upend Mexico before heading to World Cup," 9 June 2018 Against the Braves on Saturday, Garcia surrendered five runs in six innings as Atlanta launched three long balls. Matthew Defranks, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Jarlin Garcia, Drew Steckenrider can't silence Braves as Marlins lose," 13 May 2018 Josh Smith hit five long balls last year and is the second leading returning home run hitter. Andrew Lopez, NOLA.com, "7 takeaways from LSU baseball media day," 27 Jan. 2018 Five minutes into the second half, Gustavo Bou settled a long ball and threaded a pass to Lucero, who calmly turned and fired a low strike into the left corner – pandemonium. Mark Zeigler, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Tijuana Xolos beat Toluca in opening leg of Liga MX semis," 10 May 2018

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1938, in the meaning defined above

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