Origin and Etymology of pinch-hit
First Known Use: 1911See Words from the same year
Definition of pinch hit
Recent Examples of pinch hit from the Web
In the bottom of the fifth, Roberts called—for some reason—on slumping veteran Curtis Granderson to pinch hit with a man on.
The Braves added six players to the active roster and announced Johnson, a 26-year-old utilityman with four pinch hitting appearances this season, had been designated for assignment.
Nationals manager Dusty Baker sent Adam Lind to the plate to pinch hit for Oliver Perez and the veteran dropped a single into left field to start the inning.
The home run was preceded by a pinch hit single from Adam Lind in his first career plate appearance.
Mets rookie Phillip Evans got his first major league hit with a pinch hit double in the fifth.
Charlie Culberson bunted to sacrifice Puig to second and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts called on Kyle Farmer to pinch hit for reliever Kenley Jansen.
FIRSTS Chance Sisco, who made his debut Sept. 2, pinch hit for the Orioles in the seventh and doubled for his first big league hit.
The following inning, New York chased Bailey after the righthander hit Matt Reynolds with a pitch and walked pitcher Jacob deGrom, who was pinch hitting.
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