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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Treinen allowed one run to score on a wild pitch and later gave up a one-out, two-run single to Mitch Haniger that cut the lead to one run. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "Mariners rally late, but A’s had already built too big of a lead to win 7-6," 13 Aug. 2018 After a wild pitch moved the runners up, Bellinger hit a grounder. Andy Mccullough, latimes.com, "Kenta Maeda fans nine to secure Dodgers' 4-2 win over Padres," 12 July 2018 After a wild pitch allowed the runners to take a base, Rebels coach Kyle Winn elected to intentionally walk Cam Scheler to bring up Littlefield and possibly set up a double play to end the inning. Steve Bittenbender, The Courier-Journal, "Top-ranked St. X rallies past Boyle in state baseball quarterfinal," 9 June 2018 Huskies reliever Jackson Grabsky couldn't quell the uprising, allowing back-to-back singles before a wild pitch and throwing error then allowed two runs to score on the same play. OrlandoSentinel.com, "Hagerty loses to George Jenkins in FHSAA 8A baseball playoffs," 22 May 2018 His wild pitch to Tommy Pham – the one that injured Alfaro – allowed a run to score. Matt Breen, Philly.com, "Phillies' Jake Arrieta chased by Cardinals in loss, but Odubel Herrera's streak is alive," 19 May 2018 On the mound: Warwick Saupold worked out of trouble after a walk, bunt single and wild pitch to strand two runners on base in the top of the seventh. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Nico Goodrum drives in five runs as Tigers beat Indians, 6-3," 14 May 2018 Isaiah Castaneda opened the frame with a double, later scoring on a wild pitch and Daniel Ontiveros scored on a catcher’s throwing error for a 2-1 lead. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Pearland East all-stars succumb to Post Oak’s big fifth inning," 9 July 2018 After 31/3 scoreless innings of relief from Frank Duncan, Hartford reliever Mitch Horacek surrendered two runs in the sixth on a wild pitch and an RBI single by Danny Mars to give the Sea Dogs a 5-4 advantage. Staff Report, courant.com, "Tendler's Pinch-Hit Homer In 9th Lifts Sea Dogs Past Yard Goats," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of wild pitch

1867, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of wild pitch was in 1867

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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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