passed ball

noun

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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Grandal’s passed ball in the eighth drew the fans’ greatest ire, even though happened after the Dodgers already trailed by four runs. Greg Beacham, The Seattle Times, "Grandal’s woes, quiet LA bats doom Dodgers in NLCS Game 3," 15 Oct. 2018 In the first contest, Red started out with a 2-0 lead as Matt Johnson and Fields both walked and stole their way into scoring position, before the two either scored on a wild pitch or passed ball. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "League City Red ekes out Section Pony crown over League City White," 3 July 2018 On Maile’s passed ball, Devers to third, E.Núñez to second. BostonGlobe.com, "MLB boxscore: Red Sox 8, Blue Jays 3," 28 May 2018 Calvary Chapel scored in the fifth, after Mazur gave up a leadoff single to Darren Johnson, and Johnson eventually made it to third on a sacrifice bunt and passed ball. David Carrillo Peñaloza, latimes.com, "Estancia baseball moves closer to playoff berth with win over Calvary Chapel," 2 May 2018 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, latimes.com, "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, chicagotribune.com, "'The kid can play': Freshman catcher Ryan Pierce stays poised for state-bound Boone Grove," 15 June 2018

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1860, in the meaning defined above

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