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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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One of his main problems has been the gopher ball. He has given up 15 in his 19 career starts, nine in nine starts this season.
Winger's tendency to give up the gopher ball was a bit erratic early in his career, but the general trend line shows it increasing with age.
Gomes hit his off Joel Peralta, who walked Nava to begin the inning, then threw the gopher ball on his first pitch to Gomes.
His earned run average is 1.54, he has stranded 14 of 21 inherited runners, has walked only five compared to 35 strikeouts, and on a staff that has been tormented by the gopher ball, Tazawa has allowed just one home run in 35 innings.
The gopher ball was the last pitch Atchison threw, with Mark Melancon coming on in relief.
"It was supposed to be a fastball down and away," Beckett said of the gopher ball, "and it caught the middle of the plate.