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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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, NOLA.com, "Zack Hess dazzles early, offense comes through late for LSU baseball over Mississippi State," 29 Mar. 2018 And Reynolds didn’t disappoint the Washington faithful inducing a weak grounder to first from pinch hitter Bryan Holaday before getting a loud ovation. Andre C. Fernandez, miamiherald, "Marlins snap their longest skid ever against the Nationals with a hitting barrage," 8 July 2018 Cashner actually stayed in the game after the rain delay just long enough to strike out and save manager Buck Showalter a pinch hitter with so much more baseball to play. Peter Schmuck, baltimoresun.com, "Lengthy rain delay dampens Andrew Cashner's return to Orioles starting rotation," 21 June 2018 That also meant Coomes was the backup and a pinch hitter for the majority of his final season in Baton Rouge. Brody Miller, NOLA.com, "Nick Coomes on LSU baseball career: 'It was a dream come true'," 14 May 2018 Instead, the most bizarre part was when Cobb hit for himself in lieu of a pinch hitter with two outs in the top of the seventh, grounded out and was still pulled for Mychal Givens to open the bottom of the inning. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "Alex Cobb delivers best start as Oriole to win series opener vs. Mets, 2-1," 6 June 2018 Braun did see action as a pinch hitter in the ninth and was called out on strikes to end the game. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Braves 5, Brewers 1: Offense has no answer for Anibal Sánchez," 7 July 2018 After two games as a pinch hitter, Maikel Franco returned to the Phillies’ starting lineup Tuesday in a rare spot: eighth. Ben Pope, Philly.com, "Phillies' Maikel Franco finally finding rhythm at new spot in batting order," 4 July 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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