Baseball. a substitute who bats for a teammate, often at a critical moment of the game.
any substitute for another, especially in an emergency.
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How to use pinch hitter in a sentence
Because somehow, after all that, after Báez was booed when he stepped to the plate as a pinch hitter earlier in the afternoon, he was the man running from first base when Marlins left fielder Jorge Alfaro bobbled Michael Conforto’s double.Javy Báez, Francisco Lindor apologize, then a Mets rally lets fans put their thumbs up | Chelsea Janes | August 31, 2021 | Washington Post
Despite it being his scheduled day off, Ohtani entered the game as a pinch hitter with the bases loaded and Los Angeles trailing 4-3 in the bottom of the seventh inning.Shohei Ohtani Was Billed As The Next Babe Ruth. This Year, He’s Pulling It Off. | Neil Paine (firstname.lastname@example.org) | May 24, 2021 | FiveThirtyEight
Manager Dave Martinez didn’t swap Robles out for Soto or another pinch hitter because he had already burned Andrew Stevenson, his last available outfielder, in a double-switch before the top of the eighth.Another intentional walk has disastrous consequences for Nats in 5-3 loss to Braves | Jesse Dougherty | May 6, 2021 | Washington Post
Since then, Kieboom has pinch-hit twice and García has been a pinch hitter, pinch runner and starting second baseman, appearing in all three games.For Nationals’ replacement players, a rare and weird opportunity | Jesse Dougherty | April 8, 2021 | Washington Post
Shallots don’t last as long as regular storage onions, meaning if you happen to come into a windfall, consider using them sooner rather than later, including as a pinch hitter.Onions, shallots, scallions and leeks are mostly interchangeable in recipes. Here’s how to use what you have. | Becky Krystal | November 23, 2020 | Washington Post
A pinch hitter named Pickle Smith was announced for Jacksonville.The Great Paul Hemphill Celebrates the Long Gone Birmingham Barons | Paul Hemphill | March 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
With the score five to seven against them, Roxley put in a pinch hitter by the name of Bixby.The Rover Boys in Business | Arthur M. Winfield
A pinch hitter was up next, and amid a breathless silence he was watched.Baseball Joe in the Big League | Lester Chadwick
McRae was no longer content to use Joe simply as a pinch hitter.Baseball Joe, Home Run King | Lester Chadwick
No clubs would be clamoring for his services as a pinch hitter.Baseball Joe in the Central League | Lester Chadwick
Don't be afraid to put me in as a pinch hitter for this organization.Cappy Ricks Retires | Peter B. Kyne
Other Idioms and Phrases with pinch hitter
A substitute for another person, especially in an emergency. For example, Pat expected her mother to help with the baby, but just in case, she lined up her mother-in-law as pinch hitter. This expression comes from baseball, where it is used for a player substituting for another at bat at a critical point or in a tight situation (called a pinch since the late 1400s). [Late 1800s]
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