Baseball A pitch that the catcher fails to stop or control, enabling a base runner to advance.
- He fanned the next two, but a passed ball advanced the runners.
- Pitchers, of course, must cover the plate on wild pitch and passed ball third strike situations when there is an advancing runner coming home.
- Because the runners are thinking about moving, they are more apt to take an extra base on a wild pitch or passed ball.
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Syllabification: passed ball
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