wild pitch

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wild pitch

n. Baseball
An erratic pitch that the catcher cannot be expected to catch and that enables a base runner to advance.

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n.
a pitched baseball that the catcher misses and could not be expected to catch, resulting in a base runner's or runners' advancing. Compare passed ball.
[1865–70, Amer.]
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Noun1.wild pitch - an errant pitch that the catcher cannot be expected to catch and that allows a base runner to advance a base
pitch, delivery - (baseball) the act of throwing a baseball by a pitcher to a batter
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But after Hennessey (5-3) wild-pitched the runners into scoring position, Ethier drove one into the gap in right-center that fell between Randy Winn and Moises Alou and rolled to the wall.
With Joe Randa at the plate, Lowe wild-pitched Casey home with the tying run, and after catcher Paul Bako ran down the ball and flipped it to Lowe covering home plate, an oblivious Lowe, believing he had tagged Casey out, argued with umpire Rick Reed while Dunn alertly took third.