from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. Baseball To bat in place of a player scheduled to bat, especially when a hit is badly needed.
- intransitive v. Informal To substitute for another in a time of need.
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- v. To bat in place of another player
- v. To do something in the place of another person who is not able to perform or is less skilled; to substitute or stand in for somebody.
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He pinch-hit for Jesus Flores in the fifth and then caught the remainder of the game.
On September 27, 1998, in just the second start of his Major League career, Halladay lost a no-hitter with two outs in the 9th inning on a pinch-hit home run by Detroit's Bobby Higginson.
End 5, 2:29: Bryce Harper pinch-hit for Jayson Werth with one out and lashed an opposite-field to left, his big-league hit, off Pedro Beato.
Surely, when Flores pinch-hit for Wilson Ramos in the fifth and then caught the rest of the game, it carried significance - "a milestone," Manager Jim Riggleman said.
I'll never forget the first time she asked me to pinch-hit for her.
Zimmerman will take light swings in the batting cage today, but he will not be available even to pinch-hit, Riggleman said.
During games, Owen, awaiting a chance to pinch-hit, sits in the dugout reading "The Rubaiyat."
Both of them are jokes, especially since many of us remember Rudy's abortive campaign of 2000, his exit for health (and moral) reasons, as well as Lazio's stumbling performance after he was asked to pinch-hit.
Conrad was primarily a backup, though he did provide one of the season's most dramatic moments with a pinch-hit grand slam that capped a seven-run ninth inning and a 10-9 victory over Cincinnati in May.
Two pitches after Hairston's two-out, pinch-hit home run in the ninth, Jose Reyes went deep into the right-field seats to give the club a seven-run lead.