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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In the ninth, A’s closer Liam Hendriks walked Robinson Chirinos and allowed an opposite field base hit by Yuli Gurriel, who entered as a pinch hitter in the eighth. David Barron, Houston Chronicle, "A's hand Astros second home series loss of season," 13 Sep. 2019 With the game tied 1-1, Culberson, 30, was brought in as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning against the Washington Nationals, and had laid down his bat to bunt when he was nailed in the right cheek on the first pitch from Fernando Rodney. Rachel Desantis, PEOPLE.com, "Atlanta Braves Player Suffers Multiple Facial Fractures After Being Hit in the Face by Fastball," 15 Sep. 2019 In Saturday's game against the Washington Nationals, Culberson came up to bat as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning with two men on and the game tied 1-1. Eric Levenson, CNN, "Braves player Charlie Culberson was hit in the face with a 90 mph fastball," 15 Sep. 2019 Coming on in relief of Gonzalez, with one out and two on in the seventh, Shaw gave up a three-run homer to Russell Martin and then compounded the damage by serving up a solo homer to pinch hitter David Freese. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "Rockies’ Bryan Shaw torched by Dodgers as bullpen falters again," 3 Sep. 2019 Sims made a great sliding catch of Tyler Saladino’s pop fly on a bunt along the third-base line and got pinch hitter Jesus Aguilar to fly out. John Fay, Cincinnati.com, "Injury bug continues to bite Cincinnati Reds in a 5-4 loss to Milwaukee Brewers," 24 July 2019 Lindor entered the game as a pinch hitter in fifth and went 0-for-2. Paul Hoynes, oregonlive, "AL wins seventh straight All-Star Game, 4-3; Cleveland Indians’ Shane Bieber wins MVP," 9 July 2019 Both entered the game as pinch hitters in the fifth inning. Randy Mcroberts, baltimoresun.com, "Six IronBirds play at annual NYPL All-Star game," 22 Aug. 2019 Padack took another 13 pitches, in part due to Fernando Tatis Jr.’s throwing error, to close out the inning and was lifted for a pinch hitter in the bottom of the sixth. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres notes: Outfield crowd; Paddack strikes; Margot’s pop; Hunter on target," 11 Aug. 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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