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

Examples of passed ball in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Joey Votto reached on shortstop Edman’s error and moved to second on Yadier Molina’s passed ball. John Fay, The Enquirer, "Anthony DeSclafani roughed up in return, Cincinnati Reds fall to St. Louis Cardinals," 1 Sep. 2020 The Dodgers took advantage of Joey Bart's first bad night in the majors to get Turner home in the 10th on a Bart passed ball and throwing error on a single play. Henry Schulman,, "Giants come from behind four times and beat Dodgers in 11th on Solano’s walkoff homer," 25 Aug. 2020 The Dodgers also got runs via a wild pitch and passed ball with runners at third. Tim Booth, Star Tribune, "Kershaw dominant, strikes out 11 as Dodgers top Mariners 6-1," 20 Aug. 2020 New York has stayed patient with Sanchez’s defensive shortcomings because of his potential impact on offense, but excessive passed balls don’t pair so well with an average below the Mendoza Line. Jake Seiner, The Seattle Times, "Before things get wild, the MLB postseason from A to Z," 1 Oct. 2018 Springer reached on an infield hit, took second on Gary Sánchez’s passed ball, advanced on a groundout and scored when Paxton bounced a breaking ball off Sánchez’s glove for a wild pitch. Ronald Blum, The Denver Post, "DJ LeMahieu, Aaron Hicks lift Yanks over Astros, close to 3-2 in ALCS," 19 Oct. 2019 Yordan Álvarez and Jake Marisnick scored the go-ahead runs on passed balls in the sixth and seventh, securing Greinke's 199th career win. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros, Zack Greinke beat White Sox in first game of doubleheader," 13 Aug. 2019 There were 370 passed balls in 2018, up 22 percent over the total from 2008 and more than 30 percent from 2009. Alex Speier,, "Why Red Sox pitchers are looking inside their caps," 13 Aug. 2019 With no outs in the first, Burbank scored two runs on back-to-back passed balls before White drove in her first run on a single to give the Media City a 3-0 lead. Vincent Nguyen,, "Burbank 9-10-11 Little League softball All-Stars claim state championship," 9 July 2019

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First Known Use of passed ball

1860, in the meaning defined above

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“Passed ball.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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