pinch-hit


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pinch-hit

1. In baseball or softball, to bat in place of another player. 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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The Dodgers were on the other end of a series-changing, pinch-hit home run in the 2016 National League Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs.
Results of other players who pinch-hit are counted as they occurred.
Several Cub players gathered around home plate umpire, George Magerkurth, to inform him that Bill Jurges, the injured regular shortstop, would pinch-hit for Leroy Herrmann.
National League pinch-hit at-bats declined from 2010 through 2013, but rose slightly in 2014.
On June 13, 1943, Dee Moore of the Brooklyn Dodgers pinch-hit unsuccessfully for Frenchy Bordagaray in a game against the Boston Braves.
Yokohama pulled within 5-4 in the fifth inning when Dan Johnson followed Ishikawa's two-run double with a pinch-hit, two-run homer.
Hanshin then tied the score when Norihiro Akahoshi followed Keisuke Kano's pinch-hit RBI single with a run-scoring double before Kanemoto's second hit of the inning made it 9-7.
The blow had several other distinctive features: it was a pinch-hit home run; it was a game-winning hit; it was an inside-the-park home run; and it came off a future Hall of Fame pitcher.
Baez, who had to leave quickly after the game and was not available to talk, came through in his first pinch-hit appearance of the season.
Janelle Lindvall drove in six runs with a homer and double, Stevie Jo Knapp had a pinch-hit homer and Lauren Lindvall had a triple while driving in two runs and scoring twice.
North Middlesex's Leo LeClair had a pinch-hit solo homer to tie the game in the the sixth.
Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder notched his first home run of the series in the fourth inning to give Detroit a 2-0 lead, and Avisail Garcia pinch-hit in the eighth inning to score Omar Infante with a single to right and padded the lead to 3-1 before Oakland's late-game heroics.
The four-run fifth inning gave Rakuten a 5-1 lead before Ryuji Miyade added a pinch-hit RBI single in the sixth at Seibu Dome.
After breaking a scoreless deadlock, Yokohama scored four times in the ninth, featuring a pinch-hit RBI triple by Takahiro Saeki and capped off with Masaaki Koike's two-run single at Koshien Stadium.
Warwickshire showed some adventure by sending in Neil Carter to pinch-hit. But he sliced to slip in the fourth over and when Nick Knight also fell to slip, with 271 still needed from 37 overs, the chase was called off and a wretchedly dull cricket match was laid to merciful rest.