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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web McGowan drove in Delgado via a ground out and Luschar scored on a wild pitch. oregonlive, 23 Apr. 2023 Hank Harp added an RBI single, and a final run scored on a wild pitch. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, 7 Apr. 2023 Thursday’s outing started down a similar path, as well, after Bickford gave up a leadoff double and misfired on a wild pitch. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 7 Apr. 2023 Cedric Mullins stole two bases and advanced another time on a wild pitch. Peter Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, 30 Mar. 2023 Morton escaped a jam in the second after Charles LeBlanc doubled with one out and advanced on a wild pitch, getting a pair of groundouts to end the threat. George Henry, Sun Sentinel, 3 Sep. 2022 There was one out in the third when Matt Vierling walked before advancing to second on a wild pitch. Kristie Rieken, Chron, 4 Apr. 2023 The other run scored on a wild pitch. Terry Monahan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Apr. 2023 Oregon State tied the game at 1-1 in the second inning when Easton Talt scored on a wild pitch. Ndaschel, oregonlive, 2 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1867, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 30 May. 2023.

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