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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In the fourth, Gausman allowed a single, hit a batter and let both runners advance on a wild pitch before Jorge Alfaro doubled over right fielder Mark Trumbo's head to double the Phillies' advantage. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "Gausman battered, comeback bid falls short in Orioles' 5-4 loss to Phillies," 13 July 2018 Westley Schields and Scotty Scott scored, with Cowser following on a wild pitch for a 3-0 lead. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Matt Thompson pitches Cypress Ranch back to state," 2 June 2018 Frelick then sprinted home on a wild pitch for a 2-0 lead. Katherine Fominykh, BostonGlobe.com, "Austin Prep shuts out Arlington Catholic in softball," 27 Apr. 2018 Mayfield, Royalty and Whitney Hinton drove in a run each in the inning for Samford, and Royalty later scored on a wild pitch for a 5-4 Samford lead. Samford Athletics, AL.com, "Walk-off single lifts Samford softball to 11-10 win over Jacksonville State," 3 Apr. 2018 Cyclones pitcher Kyle Wilson threw a wild pitch and a subsequent throwing error by catcher Nick Meyer allowed the second run to score. Randy Mcroberts, The Aegis, "IronBirds get sweep with 5-4 win at Brooklyn," 8 July 2018 Los Angeles Angels pitcher Jake Jewell suffered what appeared to be a serious ankle injury while covering home plate after a wild pitch against the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, "Los Angeles Angels' Jake Jewell suffers gruesome injury against Boston Red Sox," 28 June 2018 In the fourth, Kaylee Mankins singled to left, Caroline Deem walked, and after a wild pitch, Gabrielle Comeau knocked in Mankins with a grounder. Brandan Blom, BostonGlobe.com, "Bishop Feehan softball surges into D1 South semis," 11 June 2018 But that just set up the Astros' rally in the ninth, when Kela walked Springer to start the inning and then put him on second with a wild pitch and no outs. Stefan Stevenson, star-telegram, "Rangers balk at another weird way to lose to Astros," 10 June 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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