pinch hitter


Definition of pinch hitter 

: one that pinch-hits

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Examples of pinch hitter in a Sentence

the business owners brought in a pinch hitter until a permanent manager could be hired

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Freshman pinch hitter Isaiah Gomez slammed a two-run homer in the fourth to push the lead to a commanding 4-0. Terry Monahan,, "Grossmont hitters join in pitcher’s fun for playoff win," 29 May 2018 No modern-day baseball owner is as outspoken as former A’s owner Charlie Finley, who decades ago proposed using orange baseballs, playing World Series games at night and using pinch hitters in the pitcher’s spot in the lineup. Paul Sullivan,, "To DH or not to DH? Baseball's never-ending debate starts anew," 16 June 2018 Mancini also missed two games after injuring his right knee sliding into the wall chasing a foul ball, but returned a pinch hitter in the ninth inning on Monday. Eduardo A. Encina,, "Orioles infielder Tim Beckham leaves game with groin, Achilles injuries," 23 Apr. 2018 Springer struck out as a pinch hitter with two on to end the seventh and stayed in the game to play center field., "Severino Overpowers Astros With 11 Ks As Yankees Win, 5-3," 30 May 2018 Souza, who struck out as a pinch hitter in the sixth inning on Monday, seemed torn between wanting to stay off the disabled list and not wanting the injury to linger. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Diamondbacks OF Steven Souza still limited as pectoral injury lingers," 21 May 2018 Rodney ran the count full to Marwin Gonzalez, inserted as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning with the bases loaded. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros' comeback falls short in loss to Twins," 11 Apr. 2018 An extra-base hit from the pitcher’s spot in the No.9 hole, where the Astros were ready to use a pinch hitter, could have derailed everything. Bob Mcmanaman, azcentral, "A.J. Pollock delivers for the Diamondbacks with game-winning hit against Astros," 5 May 2018 Hess walked the next batter but struck out State pinch hitter Justin Foscue to get out of the inning. Andrew Lopez,, "Zack Hess dazzles early, offense comes through late for LSU baseball over Mississippi State," 29 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of pinch hitter

1899, in the meaning defined above

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Kids Definition of pinch hitter

1 : a baseball player who is sent in to bat for another

2 : a person who does another's work in an emergency

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