sacrifice fly


Definition of sacrifice fly 

: an outfield fly in baseball caught by a fielder after which a runner scores

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Baez scored on a sacrifice fly to deep center, which was held up by the wind. Bobby Nightengale,, "Tyler Mahle pitches well again, Raisel Iglesias holds off Cubs in Cincinnati Reds win," 6 July 2018 Healy drove in a run on a sacrifice fly to center, and Cobb intentionally walked Ben Gamel to face Zunino. Eduardo A. Encina,, "Cobb's momentum stalls again with another short outing for Orioles," 27 June 2018 Tanaka scored on a sacrifice fly to medium right field by Aaron Judge, crossing the plate without a slide well ahead of Jay Bruce’s throw home. Wallace Matthews, New York Times, "Yankees Say Masahiro Tanaka May Be Out for Weeks After a Base-Running Injury," 9 June 2018 Kendall Johnson followed tha up by hitting a triple in the sixth before scoring on a sacrifice fly to centerfield to extend the advantage. J.c. Carnahan,, "Montverde Academy rally comes up short in softball state semifinal," 22 May 2018 Jurickson Profar, facing reliever Chris Devenski, gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead with a sacrifice fly to left on an 0-2 pitch that scored Nomar Mazara. Stefan Stevenson, star-telegram, "Dealing aces: Hamels outshines Verlander as Rangers take opener, 1-0 | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 11 May 2018 In the third inning, with the Mustangs ahead by three, Anagnos (2-for-2) brought home another run with a sacrifice fly to center field. Kyle Stackpole, Howard County Times, "Marriotts Ridge baseball rides solid pitching, clean defense to win over River Hill," 21 Apr. 2018 Vasquez meanwhile went all the way to third, coming home with the fifth run of the inning on a sacrifice fly to center field by Kacey McCoy. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "La Porte uses 1-hit shutout to spoil Memorial's 22-6A opener," 13 Mar. 2018 Except Bellinger launched a rocket on a fly to the plate to nail Kinsler, turning what looked like a sacrifice fly into a double play and atoning for his previous mistake. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Dodgers Beat Red Sox, Eventually, in Longest-Ever World Series Game," 27 Oct. 2018

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1944, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of sacrifice fly

baseball : a fly ball that is caught by a fielder but allows a base runner to score after it is caught

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