gopher ball


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gopher ball

n. a baseball pitch that is hit as a home run. (When it is hit, the batter will go for home.) The center fielder did a dive over the fence trying to get the gopher ball.
See also: ball, gopher
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The gopher ball was the last pitch Atchison threw, with Mark Melancon coming on in relief.
ANAHEIM - Since Alex Rodriguez leads the American League in home runs, and Ramon Ortiz tops the AL in home runs given up, it's probably just as well they got the inevitable gopher ball out of the way just three batters into Monday night's game at Edison Field.
ANAHEIM - Since Alex Rodriguez leads the American League in home runs and Ramon Ortiz tops the AL in home runs given up, it's probably just as well (for the Anaheim Angels) they got the gopher ball out of the way just three batters into Monday night's game at Edison Field.
The home run Albers gave up to Jason Kipnis in the ninth was just his second gopher ball of the season, and first at Fenway.
It was supposed to be a fastball down and away," Beckett said of the gopher ball, "and it caught the middle of the plate.
After that first-pitch homer, not only did Okajima not serve up another gopher ball for weeks, he did not allow another run until May 22.
Craig Breslow gave up a home run to Caleb Joseph and has served up eight gopher balls in 53⅔ innings.
Wakefield served up a total of 10 gopher balls during that streak.
Of the 156 gopher balls served up by Sox pitching, 111 came with nobody on base.
In contrast, John Lackey has served up 21 gopher balls but they have cost him just 25 runs.
In a 9-5 loss to the Chicago Cubs in front of a bobblehead-induced, sellout crowd of 54,093 on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium, Dodgers pitchers Derek Lowe and Duaner Sanchez served up two more gopher balls, both at just about the most inopportune times imaginable.
With 15 gopher balls served up, Dempster is third in the league.
That was significant considering that in his previous three starts, he had served up six gopher balls.
The Angels used five pitchers, who, when they weren't serving up gopher balls, were missing the strike zone.
Masterson worked 21-2/3 innings between gopher balls.