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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The Miners got the lead almost immediately against the Rascals' Alex Winkelman (1-2), as Bryant Flete led off the first inning with a single and stole second base. He ended up going to third on the same play when the ball was thrown into center field by River City catcher Tanner Murphy for the first of five errors by the Rascals in the game.
Dozier led off the game with a single, stole second base and scored on Rosario's sacrifice fly, then drove in Escobar with a two-out single in the second.
Ademan stole second base and Gustavo Polanco's two-out single moved him to third.
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Jackson stole second base, then advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Quintin Berry before scoring on a wild pitch by A's starter Jarrod Parker to make it 2-0.
Brett Gardner stole home as part of a double steal in the 4th inning with Derek Jeter (stole second base)
With the infield in an over-shift to protect against batter Mark Teixeira pulling the ball through the right side, the speedy left-fielder stole second base.
Ellsbury walked and stole second base in the bottom of the fourth inning.
I stole second base after using 'Accelerate,'" he'll sob uncontrollably.
Suzuki singled to right in the first inning and again in a six-run second and stole second base for his 42nd stolen base of the season as the Mariners sent the White Sox to their seventh loss in eight games, putting them on the brink of playoff elimination.
Runners were thrown out, while others stole second base. There were mound conferences, close calls at home, and the occasional dispute and kicking of the dirt over whether a runner was safe or out.
Today, Alex Lyon stole second base and advanced to third on a fly ball to center, putting himself in position to score on a passed ball.
After Almanzar stole second base to put runners on second and third with one out, Swarmer struck out back-to-back hitters to end the inning.
Gill and Tomahawk lefty Nolan Kessinger posted blanks over the first three innings until the Mountaineers broke through in the bottom of the fourth when Gull scooped a single into shallow left and then stole second base.
* On September 25 against Minnesota, Washington replaced Jesus Alou in the sixth inning and stole second base. (So far, so good.) Billy North sacrificed Washington to third.