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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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The gopher ball was the last pitch Atchison threw, with Mark Melancon coming on in relief.
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.
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.