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1. Baseball A pitch deliberately thrown high and away from the batter to make it easier for the catcher to throw out a base runner who is standing off a base or attempting to steal.
2. Football A lateral pass from the back receiving the snap from the center to another back behind the line of scrimmage.
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1. (Baseball) baseball a pitch that is deliberately thrown high and outside the strike area, allowing the catcher to throw out a possible base runner
2. (American Football) American football a lateral throw behind the line of scrimmage, usually by the quarterback to a running back
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1. Baseball. a ball purposely thrown by a pitcher too far outside of the plate for the batter to hit, esp. in anticipation of an attempted steal by a base runner.
2. Football. a lateral pass thrown behind the line of scrimmage by one back, esp. a T-formation quarterback, to another.
[1910–15, Amer.]
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The catcher also caught speedster Tony Kemp attempting to steal to end the seventh on a pitchout a play rarely run and executed in today's game.
Vikings 34, Rams 6: Wide receiver Cordarelle Patterson ran for 102 yards on three carries with a 67-yard scoring run off a simple pitchout, and Minnesota opened impressively on the road under new coach Mike Zimmer.
He faked a handoff and made a perfect pitchout to Greene, who needed only one block to find open space for a 39-yard touchdown run, the longest of his career.
KEY PLAYS: Stanford's Egboh recovers fumbled UO pitchout by Dixon as Ducks went on fourth-and-one at the SU 33.
Almost a pitchout, just a little bit outside, and the catcher would fire the ball back to the pitcher real quick.
Craig got the attention of the acting manager, told him to call a pitchout, and they nailed the runner.
JayJay 3 acknowledged the call with a "Tally-Ho" on the traffic and executed his pitchout behind Rambo flight.
Daigle then took a McDonald pitchout left and raced for the end zone, diving in with 20.3 seconds left.
Right-hander Burke Badenhop entered, and after Jennings stole second on a pitchout, Figueroa drove in the winning run on a drive to right-center.
For the most part you're stealing off the pitcher, but you have to let the catcher know that "it's me and you." Even if it's usually the pitcher you're victimizing, keep in mind that the catcher is probably going to call for fastballs, or three or four fastballs and then a pitchout, or a fastball up and away--a good pitch for throwing to second--to do what he can to catch you out.
Strickland stole second base on a play when Eugene called a pitchout but did not get a throw off to second, and he scored on a single by Jeff Kindel, who advanced to second on the throw home.
The first pitch, to Bob Boone, was a pitchout, and Pettis was running, but not far--he was caught stealing.