Meaning of wild pitch in English:

wild pitch

(also wild-pitch)


  • A pitch which is not hit by the batter and cannot be stopped by the catcher, enabling a base runner to advance.

    ‘Horlen threw a wild pitch, advancing the runners to second and third.’
    • ‘He walked nine, hit a batter and threw a wild pitch, but still escaped with the third no-hitter in franchise history.’
    • ‘In the sixth it was another error from the shortstop and a wild pitch that led to two runs.’
    • ‘The pitching staff has hit enough batters and thrown enough wild pitches to be on pace to set major league records in both areas.’
    • ‘Gullett's wildness then reared itself in the form of a wild pitch, which allowed Lee to advance to second.’


[with object]Baseball
  • Enable (a base runner) to advance by making a wild pitch.

    ‘Reed was wild-pitched to second’
    • ‘In the seventh, Orr pinch-hit singled, was wild-pitched to third, and came home on a Johnson sac fly.’
    • ‘Besides all the hits, Post 115 hurlers issued eight walks, hit two batters and wild-pitched three runs home.’
    • ‘Fisherbaugh struck out Coker but wild-pitched the runners up a base in the process.’
    • ‘Charged with the responsibility of preserving it further, Williamson responded by walking the leadoff man and then wild-pitching him to second.’
    • ‘He nearly pitched the Redskins back into serious contention for the Capitol Division title with four touchdown passes, which nearly erased a 17-point deficit, but then he wild-pitched them just about out of the running with four passes that were intercepted, three in the fourth quarter.’