Sacrifice hit

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ja:犠牲バント In baseball, a sacrifice hit (also called a sacrifice bunt) is the act of deliberately bunting the ball in a manner that allows a runner on base to advance to another base, while the batter is himself put out.

The most common situation in which this is a desirable goal for the batting team is when there are less than two outs, and runners are on first and second base. The manager will usually signal the runners to advance as soon as the pitcher winds up. A properly executed sacrifice hit in this scenario puts the ball into fair play a few feet in front of home plate, so the fielding team's only chance for an out is to put out the batter at first base. This avoids an inning-ending double play and results in the runners advancing to second and third base.

A successful sacrifice hit does not count as an at bat. However, if the scorer believes that the batter was attempting to hit the ball and not sacrifice, he is not credited with a sacrifice hit and is charged an at-bat.

A sacrifice hit attempted while a runner is on third is called a squeeze play.

A sacrifice hit is not the same as a sacrifice fly.

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