pinch hitter

noun

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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Bruce went to third on a double by Kevin Plawecki and scored on a sacrifice fly by pinch hitter José Bautista, though Cobb left Plawecki at third by winning a 10-pitch battle with Amed Rosario for his sixth strikeout of the night. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "Alex Cobb delivers best start as Oriole to win series opener vs. Mets, 2-1," 6 June 2018 Brad Brach then allowed two straight singles and loaded the bases after walking pinch hitter Brian Goodwin, but struck out former Oriole Mark Reynolds looking to end the game. Peter Schmuck, baltimoresun.com, "Lengthy rain delay dampens Andrew Cashner's return to Orioles starting rotation," 21 June 2018 The Indians again had runners at first and third in the sixth after Miraglia reached on a fielder's choice and pinch runner Hannah Skinner went to third on a single to right-center by pinch hitter Sierra Harvey. Jeff Tully, latimes.com, "Burroughs softball shut out in 2nd by Redlands East Valley," 23 May 2018 Brad Peacock took over and walked pinch hitter Aaron Judge , who didn't start for the first time this season, and Torres stole third base. Kristie Reiken, courant.com, "Charlie Morton Strikes Out 10 As Astros End Yankees' Streak At 9," 30 Apr. 2018 Corban Joseph, who worked a 10-pitch walk to lead off the ninth inning as a pinch hitter Saturday, is leading off and starting at first base. Josh Land, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles on deck: Chris Davis sits again; plus what to watch Sunday vs. Marlins and more," 17 June 2018 One out later, pinch hitter Giancarlo Stanton was intentionally walked, and Torres drove a full-count pitch from Dan Otero over the center field fence. Mike Fitzpatrick, courant.com, "Gleyber Torres HR In 9th Lifts Yankees Past Indians," 7 May 2018 Freshman pinch hitter Isaiah Gomez slammed a two-run homer in the fourth to push the lead to a commanding 4-0. Terry Monahan, sandiegouniontribune.com, "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, chicagotribune.com, "To DH or not to DH? Baseball's never-ending debate starts anew," 16 June 2018

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First Known Use of pinch hitter

1899, in the meaning defined above

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pinch hitter

noun

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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