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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Ex-Cardinal Stephen Piscotty later drove in a run with a single to set the stage for Davis’ rare appearance as a pinch hitter. Dave Luecking, The Mercury News, "A’s beat Cardinals playing NL baseball," 25 June 2019 Mark Reynolds has been ineffective, batting 1-for-30 with one home run and three RBIs as a pinch hitter. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "Rockies Mailbag: Window of contention for Colorado, Coors Field attendance, starting rotation update and more," 25 June 2019 So when Panik led off the fifth with a double — Rockies left fielder Raimel Tapia appeared to lose Panik’s line drive in the lights — Bochy felt compelled to summon Brandon Belt as a pinch hitter. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "Giants’ meek offense results in 2-0 loss to Colorado," 24 June 2019 Devers did get the call as a pinch hitter in the eighth, and delivered a game-tying single to right. Julian Benbow, BostonGlobe.com, "Alex Cora makes case for Xander Bogaerts’s All-Star candidacy," 21 June 2019 With the game knotted at 5 and Cavan Biggio on second, Cora had reliever Brandon Workman intentionally walk pinch hitter Rowdy Tellez to get to Eric Sogard. Julian Benbow, BostonGlobe.com, "Christian Vazquez’s two-run homer caps perfect 10th in Red Sox’ win," 21 June 2019 With the tying run in scoring position, Bell struck out Miller Abernathy, before getting pinch hitter Brendan Luzadez to ground out for out No. Akeem Glaspie, Indianapolis Star, "Walk-off blooper caps comeback victory for Alexandria," 19 June 2019 Frazier shared a quick laugh at first base with Martinez, who then got pinch hitter Wilson Ramos to ground into a game-ending double play. Charles O'brien, courant.com, "DeJong tags Mets again, Cardinals win with only 3 hits," 17 June 2019 Belt out with sore neck Giants first baseman Brandon Belt was scratched from Sunday’s lineup with a stomach illness, but Bochy planned to use Belt as a pinch hitter late in the game. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "San Francisco Giants need an All-Star: ‘Somebody is going to have to go’," 11 June 2019

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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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