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Definition of walk-off

: ending a baseball game immediately by causing the winning run to score for the home team in the bottom of the last inning a walk-off homer also : won by the home team in the bottom of the last inning a walk-off win

Examples of walk-off in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Jordan Mallernee delivered a clutch two-out, walkoff single to advance Cleveland to the semifinals. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "Arizona wins RBI World Series; Cleveland eliminated by Miami," 12 Aug. 2019 Heyward was sidelined and placed under concussion protocol after crashing into the rightfield wall May 6 trying to snare what became a walkoff home run by Dexter Fowler. Si.com Staff, SI.com, "Nine Innings: Jason Heyward's Turning Point, Expansion Possibilities and Bryce Harper's Struggles," 18 June 2018 And Brad Peacock, the man who surrendered the walkoff home run in Cleveland, ensured no such replication would occur. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Gerrit Cole, Astros overpower Red Sox," 1 June 2018 Rookies Jacob Rhame and Gerson Bautista were at the center of the action, with Bautista coughing up the walkoff home run to Johan Camargo in the bottom of the ninth inning. James Wagner, New York Times, "The Mets’ Finger Casualties: First Noah Syndergaard, Then Steven Matz," 29 May 2018 The storybook scene could not have been scripted any better: On baseball’s return to Montreal, a native son and the progeny of one of the Expos’ greatest players ever delivers a victory for the Canadian team with a walkoff home run. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 19, stays calm as fans beg for call-up: 'God knows the right time'," 25 May 2018 Big Papi, David Ortiz, won it with a walkoff home run in the 12th. Ed Barkowitz, Philly.com, "Plenty of Philly connections on teams that overcame 0-3 deficits," 9 May 2018 Zunino, the hero the night before with a walkoff home run, stepped to the plate in the eighth inning with runners on first and second. Jayson Jenks, The Seattle Times, "Mariners can’t get a break, have 5-game winning streak snapped," 8 June 2017 The Blue Jays ultimately won the game 5-2 on a walkoff home run in the 11th inning. Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, "Report: Toronto fan who threw beer can at Orioles' Kim pleads guilty," 30 May 2017

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1990, in the meaning defined above

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“Walk-off.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/walk-off. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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