wild pitch


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wild pitch

In baseball, a pitch that is too high, too low, or too far to either side for the catcher to control, thus allowing a runner to advance to another base. Otero's wild pitch allowed the Blue Jays' runner to make it up to third base, and the line drive by the next batter sent him home to earn a tie-breaking run.
See also: pitch, wild

wild pitch

A careless statement or action, as in Calling comic books great literature-that's a wild pitch. This term comes from baseball, where it signifies a pitched ball so far off target that the catcher misses it, enabling a base runner to advance. [Mid-1900s]
See also: pitch, wild
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The Panthers came back to tie the game in the fourth when Martin scored on a wild pitch, then pulled away when Jeff Goparian scored on a wild pitch and Dan Fish stole home to make it 6-4.
Garrett Cleavinger relieved Hunter and allowed a walk and then scored Peevyhouse on a wild pitch.
Ellsbury said he had gone from first to third on a wild pitch before in his career - obviously in the minors and college - but never second to home.
He then gave up two more runs, on a sacrifice fly and wild pitch, to make it 6-4.
Bennett Chiongbian singled with one out in the sixth and went to third on a double by Matt Beattie before scoring on a wild pitch to get the Spartans within 8-4.
Lewis threw a wild pitch that moved up the runners and then intentionally walked Cunningham to load the bases.