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 Dennis Santana relieved, walked Gallo to load the bases and threw a wild pitch to let a runner score and tie it at 3 before getting out of the inning with consecutive strikeouts of Torres and Urshela. courant.com, 23 Sep. 2021 The 27-year-old righty then threw a wild pitch to score a run. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, 1 Sep. 2021 Tanner Scott, another possible trade candidate, allowed a leadoff triple in the eighth then threw a wild pitch to produce the Tigers’ first run. Nathan Ruiz, baltimoresun.com, 31 July 2021 Fairbanks left with an apparent injury and was replaced by Andrew Kittredge, who threw a wild pitch that allowed another run to score as the Yankees went up 3-1. Mark Didtler, Star Tribune, 28 July 2021 Yu Yamamoto singled with two outs in the fifth, and Abbott came in and threw a wild pitch, then allowed Fujita to line a single into right for a 2-0 lead. Time, 27 July 2021 Tigers reliever Joe Jimenez threw a wild pitch past catcher Jake Rogers. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 18 July 2021 With the bases loaded and two outs, Hopkinton starter Vincent Purpura threw a wild pitch to the backstop. BostonGlobe.com, 1 July 2021 Bumgarner then threw a run-scoring wild pitch on a high offering to Elias Díaz that bounced off Vogt's mitt and made it 7-3. Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic, 22 May 2021

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First Known Use of wild pitch

1867, in the meaning defined above

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25 Nov 2021

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“Wild pitch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wild%20pitch. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of wild pitch

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


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