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 Trailing by a run, Rengifo singled to lead off the ninth and immediately went to second base on a wild pitch. Doug Padilla, Orange County Register, 29 May 2024 Freeman went from first-to-third on the hit and scored on a wild pitch for a 5-3 lead. Mike Digiovanna, Los Angeles Times, 18 May 2024 Crean Lutheran’s Sho Garcia scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth inning of the game for graduating seniors. Steve Fryer, Orange County Register, 30 May 2024 Fitzgerald walked and advanced to second on a wild pitch, but got stranded there as Mike Yastrzemski grounded out to end the scoring chance. Danny Emerman, The Mercury News, 28 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for wild pitch 

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Word History

First Known Use

1867, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of wild pitch was in 1867

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“Wild pitch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wild%20pitch. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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