wild pitch


Definition of wild pitch

: a baseball pitch not hit by the batter that cannot be caught or controlled by the catcher with ordinary effort and that enables a base runner to advance — compare passed ball

Examples of wild pitch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An Anderson wild pitch brought Barnes home, as Betts moved to third. Jill Martin, CNN, "Los Angeles Dodgers win World Series for the first time since 1988, defeat Tampa Bay Rays in six games," 28 Oct. 2020 After Betts drew another walk and Corey Seager followed with another RBI hit, a Grant Dayton pitch went to the backstop for an apparent run-scoring wild pitch. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Dodgers erupt for postseason record 11 first-inning runs to open Game 3 of NLCS vs. Braves," 14 Oct. 2020 After the double by Betts down the line in left, Barnes scored on a wild pitch by Anderson that also sent Betts to third. Schuyler Dixon, orlandosentinel.com, "Cashed Out: Rays manager roasted for pulling Snell in Game 6," 28 Oct. 2020 The Dodgers went on to score on a wild pitch and a groundout. Matt Kawahara, SFChronicle.com, "Twitter reacts to Dodgers’ World Series win: Shock over Turner’s COVID test; Giants fans bemused," 27 Oct. 2020 And Wendle used his speed to score the Rays' final run in this game -- reaching second on a double, stealing third and scampering home on a wild pitch by May. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Simulated World Series: Rays blank Dodgers to set up Game 7 showdown," 27 Oct. 2020 The error came after Boston scored twice in the top of the inning, only to let New York tie it on Ray Knight’s RBI single and a wild pitch by Bob Stanley. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "World Series 2020 live stream (10/25): How to watch Dodgers-Rays Game 5 online, TV, time," 25 Oct. 2020 The Twins coughed up a 5-1 lead and lost in the 11th when Alex Rodriguez doubled, stole third and scored on a wild pitch by Kyle Lohse. Star Tribune, "Game-by-game look at Twins' 16-game postseason losing streak," 27 Sep. 2020 Reliever Nick Anderson surrendered the lead, allowing a double and a wild pitch. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "Dodgers win Game 6 after Kevin Cash’s questionable decision to pull Blake Snell during dominant outing," 28 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of wild pitch

1867, in the meaning defined above

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24 Nov 2020

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“Wild pitch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wild%20pitch. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of wild pitch

baseball : a pitch that cannot be caught by the catcher and that allows a runner to go to the next base

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