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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Both runners moved up on a wild pitch, and Gulley hit a long drive to the warning track in left field for a sacrifice fly. James Weber, Cincinnati.com, "Highlands baseball falls short in state final to St. Xavier," 16 June 2018 Abington added insurance in the seventh, scoring four times on two hits, a wild pitch, and a pair of sacrifice flies. Dan Shulman, BostonGlobe.com, "Abington defense shuts the door, and shuts down West Bridgewater," 13 June 2018 Jankowski stole second on the next pitch, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on Jose Pirela’s sacrifice fly. Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Padres notes: Castillo serves ice in debut; Jankowski hustles, learns," 3 June 2018 Yucaipa intentionally walked Trevor Beer and Erickson to load the bases and then Grimm scored on a wild pitch with two outs, but that was all. Grant Gordon, latimes.com, "Crescenta Valley baseball's season comes to chaotic quarterfinal close," 26 May 2018 After two innings, Apache Junction had a 2-0 advantage when a wild pitch in the first inning scored a runner from third and a sacrifice fly to left field in the bottom of the second brought in another run. Jorge Ramos, azcentral, "Apache Junction's ace dominates San Tan Valley Combs on senior day," 19 Apr. 2018 Their lone run came on a wild pitch with two outs in the ninth inning. Mac Engel, star-telegram, "Cole Hamels' start isn't the problem, his situation is," 29 Mar. 2018 Then Milwaukee tacked another insurance run on a wild pitch, giving them even more breathing room, so Counsell responded by sending out rookie Corbin Burnes for the eighth. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Brewers Send NLCS to Game 7—and Keep Their Ace Up Their Sleeve," 20 Oct. 2018 After striking out Aguilar, Martínez uncorked two wild pitches with Jonathan Villar at the plate that allowed Shaw to score to up Milwaukee's lead to 4-1. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 11, Cardinals 3: Everything comes together in this one," 21 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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