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
Recent Examples on the Web His sacrifice bunt opened the bottom of the 12th, which ended when another pitcher, Dylan Bundy, struck out as a pinch hitter. Steve Kroner, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 Sep. 2021 Alfonso Rivas’ opportunities have been limited off the bench, but his approach and success as a pinch hitter can’t be ignored in the small sample size. Meghan Montemurro,, 7 Sep. 2021 Treinen got the final out of the seventh and picked off pinch hitter Travis Blankenhorn to end the eighth. Larry Fleisher,, 14 Aug. 2021 However, a 2-2 slider to pinch hitter Franmil Reyes hung high enough for Reyes to lift it into the Monster seats for a game-tying two-run blast., 4 Sep. 2021 Washington rookie starter Josiah Gray was lifted for a pinch hitter in the seventh., 26 Aug. 2021 Patton struggled against a string of left-handed hitters to begin the inning, walking three and giving up a single to pinch hitter Cal Raleigh. Dallas News, 12 Aug. 2021 Michael Kopech gave up a sacrifice fly to pinch hitter David Bote with one out before Aaron Bummer retired Patrick Wisdom on a fly to right to end the threat. Andrew Seligman, ajc, 7 Aug. 2021 He was lifted for a pinch hitter in the eighth with Boston trailing, 7-0. Mike Fitzpatrick,, 18 July 2021

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First Known Use of pinch hitter

1899, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pinch hitter was in 1899

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22 Sep 2021

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“Pinch hitter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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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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