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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. In a surprise move, the rookie is going to pinch-hit for the veteran batter.
2. By extension, to do something in place or on behalf of someone else. I have a doctor's appointment this afternoon, so I need you to pinch-hit for me on the conference call. I'm afraid I can't make it to the meeting, so my second in command will be there pinch-hitting for me.

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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Although he did not start the next two games, he was 1-for-2, either pinch-hitting or subbing.
The younger Fukuda is essentially pinch-hitting for Koizumi, who finds himself unable to lead China diplomacy.
Lancashire also employed a pinch-hitting opener in Glen Chapple and he did complete a maiden one-day half century off 41 balls, contributing 52 to a stand of 83 with Mike Atherton before he went down the pitch and was stumped in Phillips' first over.
Jesus Guzman, Justin Turner, Matt Adams and Evan Gattis are among the hopefuls who over the last few seasons have excelled at pinch-hitting and in doing so earned more regular playing time.
Steve Brye would have pinch-hit in the 9th, and he struck out in his actual pinch-hitting role, so his strikeout stands.
Ortiz, pinch-hitting for Jarrod Saltalamacchia, worked a full count against Valverde, then hit a line drive over the scoreboard in right-center.
Jamshed operated as a pinch-hitting batsman and provided the foundation for victory with a quickfire 50 that took Wolves to 64 without loss after nine overs.
Croft, discarded by the England selectors this summer, was named the man-of-the-match for an all-round performance that included an economical 10-over spell of 2-36 and a violent pinch-hitting 30 which set the tone for Wales's successful run chase.
Kent are likely to open with England duo Geraint Jones, who had mixed results in the pinch-hitting role for his country last winter, and Robert Key, whose game is more suited to the longer format but can prove difficult to dislodge when his eye is in.
When now and then a box score addict encountered a batting order alteration caused by substitutions, a quick glance at the pinch-hitting notes, clarified how, when, and why this had occurred.
A total of 178 always looked inadequate and Carter quickly made a mockery of it with some muscular pinch-hitting that brought him seven fours and six huge sixes.
Promoted up the order to N o 3, on the orders of coach Tom Moody, who was aware of the success his fellow countryman had enjoyed in an occasional pinch-hitting role for Queensland last winter, Bichel responded.
The Two Pigeons was originally created for this company in 1961, on Valentine's Day, as it happened, and its original cast was Lynn Seymour, Christopher Gable (pinch-hitting for an indisposed Donald Britton), Elizabeth Anderton and Robert Mead.
He then struck out pinch-hitting for Mike Vail in the 11th inning.
It will be a big ask for the player who has made his name as a pinch-hitting opener in both 50-over and Twenty20 cricket.