a pitched ball that the catcher misses and could not be expected to catch, allowing one or more base runners to advance one or more bases.
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How to use wild pitch in a sentence
There were wild pitches and fielding errors, and when the Sox won it was — at least for us fans — like the end of a great movie, where you hope they’re going to win but you don’t know if they can pull it off.The best $130 I ever spent: A Major League Baseball TV pass | Alissa Wilkinson | May 31, 2021 | Vox
In the sixth, Turner led off with an infield single but was stranded after reaching second on a wild pitch.Max Scherzer’s Nationals sputter, lose Hall of Fame pitching matchup to Clayton Kershaw’s Dodgers | Jesse Dougherty | April 12, 2021 | Washington Post
The sequence after the wild pitch was cutter, sinker, cutter, cutter, with the last one clipping the low-and-outside corner as Arenado swung through it.Erick Fedde used his cutter to pitch his way out of trouble. That’s progress. | Jesse Dougherty | March 3, 2021 | Washington Post
One cannot attain any wild pitch of hilarity among bolts and bars and Winchester rifles.Disturbed Ireland | Bernard H. Becker
The next man to the bat got a hit and on a wild pitch managed to reach third.The Rover Boys at Big Horn Ranch | Edward Stratemeyer
It seemed to rouse him from his dreamy state, and awakened him to a wild pitch of excitement.Nic Revel | George Manville Fenn
Lindsay pressed a finger against his nose, which had been broken in youth by a wild pitch.The Ambassador | Samuel Kimball Merwin
A wild pitch, the only one of the game, advanced Mylert a base.Baseball Joe in the World Series | Lester Chadwick
Other Idioms and Phrases with wild pitch
A careless statement or action, as in Calling comic books great literature—that's a wild pitch. This term comes from baseball, where it signifies a pitched ball so far off target that the catcher misses it, enabling a base runner to advance. [Mid-1900s]
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