steal a base

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steal a base

In baseball or softball, for a baserunner already on base to advance to the next base before or during a pitch (as opposed to when the ball is hit into play). The base is often specified (e.g. "steal second base"). After the wild pitch, the player on second managed to steal third base. He holds a record for stealing bases, typically managing to do it once or twice per game.
See also: base, steal

steal a base

Fig. to sneak from one base to another in baseball. The runner stole second base, but he nearly got put out on the way. Tom runs so slowly that he never tries to steal a base.
See also: base, steal
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Javier Baez was out trying to steal third base to end the fifth, after the Cubs had scored a pair of runs to come within 5-3.
It could very well have been 3-0, but Brian Roberts inexplicably tried to steal third base just before that and was easily thrown out by Saltalamacchia.
Verbitsky escaped a couple of jams early in Sunday's game including the first inning, when he walked consecutive batters with one out, but then struck out Sean Dwyer before catcher Ryan Miller threw out Mike Tauchman trying to steal third base to end the inning with a double play.
A runner tries to steal third base; Ronald misses the ball thrown by the catcher, and is knocked over by the sliding runner.
Don't steal third base with two outs or make the third out at third.
The success rate for all runners attempting to steal third base was 71.6%.
Marte was injured when he was thrown out trying to steal third base in the eighth inning of Pittsburgh's 4-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug.
Takeda led off the first with a double but was later thrown out trying to steal third base on a missed signal to help Edwards get out of the inning unscathed.
Key moment: With one out in the eighth inning, Oregon's Aaron Payne was thrown out attempting to steal third base. The next hitter then singled for what might have been the run to knot the game.
CUTLINE: (1) Shrewsbury's Lucas Parseghian tags out Hudson's Jake Wardwell trying to steal third base during the Colonials' 2-1 win in the final of the John Ahearn Tournament in Hudson.
Arizona State had the tying run in scoring position in the top of the ninth inning, but pinch runner Johnny Sewald was thrown out trying to steal third base to end the game.
The Sox grounded into four double plays, and in the third inning, with two out and David Ortiz at bat, Dustin Pedroia tried to steal third base and was gunned down to end the inning.
Milford's defense proved up the task as well, lending a hand in the fifth when White's batterymate Matt Collins gunned down Dan Fenton trying to steal third base.
Two outs later, Dyer was attempting to steal third base when she collided with shortstop Ashley Ficek, who had drawn the throw from catcher Jacque Barton.
Young was allowed to steal third base, which didn't seem like a big deal, but after Gomez walked - Papelbon's first since the first batter he faced back in March in Tokyo - he was conceded second base, as well, which put the winning run in scoring position, and score he did.