pinch-hit


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pinch-hit

1. To bat in place of another player in a baseball game. Let Ben pinch-hit—he's a better hitter than Paul, and you really need to knock in some runs here.
2. By extension, to substitute for or replace another person in any endeavor. I have a doctor's appointment this afternoon, so I need you to pinch-hit for me on the conference call.

pinch-hit for someone

 
1. Fig. to bat for someone else in a baseball game. Wally Wilson will pinch-hit for Gary Franklin. Rodney Jones is pinch-hitting for Babe DiMaggio.
2. Fig. to substitute for someone in any situation. Bart will pinch-hit for Fred, who is at another meeting today. Who will pinch-hit for me while I am on vacation?
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He already has three pinch-hit home runs this season -- all in the past two weeks -- and fourin his career.
A day after picking up his first save, Trojans freshman Robert Stock (Agoura) showed off his power with a pinch-hit, two-run homer.
With runners on first and second and none out, and the Dodgers (84-74) having already tied the score 4-4 on Andre Ethier's pinch-hit single, leadoff man Rafael Furcal hit what appeared to be a double-play grounder to second baseman Jamey Carroll.
Hong-Chih Kuo, a candidate to get a starting pitching assignment, had four strikeouts in two innings; James Loney went 2 for 5 with a triple and an RBI; and newly acquired Marlon Anderson had a pinch-hit double and a two-run home run.
Furcal has started 116 of the Dodgers' 120 games and pinch-hit in two others.
With Drew out -- he was available to pinch-hit and should start tonight -- the Dodgers did not have a true fourth outfielder available.