Last modified on August 27, 2023, at 07:07


In baseball, a strikeout occurs when the pitcher accrues three strikes on the batter. The third strike can not result from a foul ball unless a bunt was attempted. If the third strike is dropped by the catcher, the batter becomes a runner and is eligible to advance to first base subject to a force play at first. If the batter reaches first base before the forceout is made, an out is not recorded. Hence, it is possible for more than three strikeouts to occur in the same half inning.

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Baseball Terms
Hits BuntSingleDoubleTripleHome RunFair BallFoul BallGround Rule Double
Fouls Quick Return PitchBalkInfield Fly
Events Double HeaderForfeited GameInning
Achievements Baseball Hall of FameAll-Star GameWorld Series
Positions BatterPitcherCatcherDesignated hitterFielderInfielderOutfielderRunner
Equipment Baseball
Outs OutDouble PlayTriple PlayFielder's ChoiceFly BallForce PlayGround BallLine DriveStrikeout
Places on the Field AlleyBaseBatter's BoxDugoutFair TerritoryFoul TerritoryHome PlateInfieldOutfield
Pitches BallStrike
Achievable Events AssistRunTagPerfect game