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

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Gordon tied the game in the bottom of the eighth, legging out an infield single and Soler put the Royals up 5-4, racing home on a wild pitch. Kollin Miller, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers lose at Kansas City after walk-off ends seesaw battle, 6-5," 4 Sep. 2019 In the second inning, Yadier Molina hit a two-out single and moved to second on a wild pitch. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "Eugenio Suárez breaks Cincinnati Reds record for most homers by 3rd baseman in loss at St. Louis," 1 Sep. 2019 After Crawford moved to second on a wild pitch, pinch-hitter Steven Vogt lined a double to right field before Donovan Solano grounded out to end the game. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres notes: Paddack on the attack; France turns two; bullpen battling," 30 Aug. 2019 The damage was done: Escobar scored on a wild pitch (a Beede curve bounced past Buster Posey), and Walker scored the go-ahead run on Flores’ single. John Shea, SFChronicle.com, "Giants lose: Beede good, defense and baserunning are not," 26 Aug. 2019 Joakim Soria, who hadn’t allowed a run in his previous six appearances, allowed a run on a wild pitch and gave up a three-run homer to Mike Yastrzemski. Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News, "Matt Chapman homers twice in Oakland Athletics’ win over Giants," 14 Aug. 2019 However, Colorado jumped on him quickly with Nolan Arenado stroking a two-out single to left and advancing to second on a wild pitch. Kevin Henry, The Denver Post, "Jon Gray, Rockies clobbered by Padres after disastrous sixth inning," 8 Aug. 2019 Goodrum scored the final run of the inning on a wild pitch. Mike Digiovanna, Los Angeles Times, "Slumping Angels run into pitching problems again in loss to Tigers," 29 July 2019 Anderson scored later in the inning on a wild pitch by Sandoval. Joe Reedy, chicagotribune.com, "James McCann hits another grand slam and Lucas Giolito strikes out 11 to lead the White Sox past the Angels 7-2," 17 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of wild pitch

1867, in the meaning defined above

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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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