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gopher ball

In baseball, a pitch that the batter hits for a home run. "Gopher" is an alteration of "go for," referring either to the batter "going for" extra bases or home plate, or the ball "going for" a home run. It's 3-2—if he could just hit a gopher ball, he'd tie the game.
See also: ball, gopher

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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Wakefield served up a total of 10 gopher balls during that streak.
Sox relievers have worked 40-2/3 straight innings without giving up a gopher ball. ...
"It was right down the middle, up in the zone," Shields said, shaking his head about the gopher balls. "They're good hitters over there, and they took advantage of it.
Craig Breslow gave up a home run to Caleb Joseph and has served up eight gopher balls in 53⅔ innings.
Although Lima just escaped Bert Blyleven's single-season record of 50 gopher balls; no other hurler has ever given up homers with such frequency.
He has served up eight gopher balls in 26⅔ innings this year.
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.
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.
Masterson worked 21-2/3 innings between gopher balls.
Overall, 12 of the last 15 gopher balls off Sox pitching have come with nobody on base.