passed ball


Definition of passed ball 

: a baseball pitch not hit by the batter that passes the catcher when it should have been caught and allows a base runner to advance one of his trick pitches shot by his catcher for a passed ball— John Drebinger — compare wild pitch

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The veteran made two more defensive miscues after committing two errors and two passed balls in Game 1. Greg Beacham, The Seattle Times, "Grandal’s woes, quiet LA bats doom Dodgers in NLCS Game 3," 15 Oct. 2018 In sending 16 players to the plate, Crescenta Valley pushed across 12 runs on 13 hits — including a pair of two-run home runs — and took advantage of two errors, three wild pitches and three passed balls. Jeff Tully,, "Huge first inning lifts Crescenta Valley Major All-Stars to baseball title," 12 July 2018 Fields and Easter had the only RBIs as the rest of the runs were scored on errors, passed balls and wild pitches. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "League City Red ekes out Section Pony crown over League City White," 3 July 2018 There were no passed balls, though Bothwell did throw one in the dirt that Pierce kept in front of him. Mike Hutton,, "'The kid can play': Freshman catcher Ryan Pierce stays poised for state-bound Boone Grove," 15 June 2018 Senior center fielder Ryan Williams led off the frame with a walk, reached second on a stolen base and advanced to third after a pass ball. Tom Moor, Indianapolis Star, "IHSAA baseball: University books Class A state finals berth," 9 June 2018 Dylan Robinson, running for Rivers, and Falkenstein advanced one base after another passed ball. Kenzie Winstead, The Courier-Journal, "Jeffersonville defeats Franklin Central in the Class 4A regional," 2 June 2018 The Indians also scored on Sanchez's sixth passed ball this season and Jason Kipnis ' sacrifice fly. Mike Fitzpatrick,, "Gleyber Torres HR In 9th Lifts Yankees Past Indians," 7 May 2018 Sophomore Skyler Ralstin put the Knights on the board early with a solo home run in the first inning, but East Ridge wouldn’t score another run until the sixth when Ralstin came home on a pass ball. Varsity Staff,, "VARSITY TODAY: Catholic Challenge, Timber Creek volleyball, East Ridge softball, State weightlifting," 6 Apr. 2018

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1860, in the meaning defined above

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