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

Examples of passed ball in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Wood pitched five strong innings in a series-ending 6-2 loss, allowing one run on catcher Tyler Houston’ passed ball. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, 17 Sep. 2021 Andrew Knapp scored on Robinson Chirinos’ passed ball in the bottom of the ninth inning to win it for Philadelphia. San Francisco Chronicle, 15 Sep. 2021 Freddie Freeman hit a solo homer off closer Hector Neris with one out in the ninth to tie it, and the Braves scored two runs off José Alvarado (5-0) on a wild pitch and passed ball in the 10th. Rob Maaddi, ajc, 11 June 2021 Freddie Freeman hit a solo homer off closer Hector Neris with one out in the ninth to tie it, and the Braves scored two runs off José Alvarado (5-0) on a wild pitch and passed ball in the 10th. Rob Maaddi, ajc, 11 June 2021 Freddie Freeman hit a solo homer off closer Hector Neris with one out in the ninth to tie it, and the Braves scored two runs off José Alvarado (5-0) on a wild pitch and passed ball in the 10th. Rob Maaddi, ajc, 11 June 2021 Freddie Freeman hit a solo homer off closer Hector Neris with one out in the ninth to tie it, and the Braves scored two runs off José Alvarado (5-0) on a wild pitch and passed ball in the 10th. Rob Maaddi, ajc, 11 June 2021 Jason Heyward led off the third inning with a walk, moved to third on Joc Pederson’s fielder’s choice and scored on Marlins catcher Jorge Alfaro’s passed ball. Phil Thompson, chicagotribune.com, 20 June 2021 The Twins trailed 5-0 by the end of the second inning, mustered just four hits, and in the field committed an error and passed ball. Michael Rand, Star Tribune, 16 June 2021

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First Known Use of passed ball

1860, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

20 Nov 2021

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“Passed ball.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/passed%20ball. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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