The hit-and-run is a baseball strategy where a runner attempts to steal a base while the batter hits the ball. It is used by teams with poor hitters to compensate for their lack of good ball hitting. If successful, it can result in a few more points, but if it fails, it can result in two outs. The play is riskier with the bunt and run, and the triple play is more likely. It is only attempted when the runners are reasonably certain that the batter can hit the ball.
A hit and run is a term in baseball that describes a base runner attempting to steal a base while the batter makes contact with the ball. The runner begins to run before the ball is hit, so he must rely on the batting player’s strength to actually hit the ball. If the batter misses the ball, technically the base runner is simply trying to steal a base, which will more likely result in an out.
Teams with poor hitters may attempt the hit-and-run more frequently than a team with many reliable hitters. This is because the game is an attempt to compensate for a lack of good ball hitting by moving players forward to the next base. When the strategy works, it can push the team to score a few more points. When it misses, it is likely to result in two outs for one team.
A hit-and-run that fails might look like this example: The runner on first base advances as the ball leaves the pitcher’s hand. He makes his run before the ball makes contact with the bat. The batter misses the ball or hits a pop fly that is caught quickly. The ball is thrown quickly to second base before the runner gets there. The end result is two outs.
The play is successful when the batter makes contact with the ball and hits it far enough for the runner to successfully steal the base. Occasionally, it can become the even riskier bunt and run, where the player simply hits the ball a yard (metre) or two. This can also result in two outs, or three if the second and third basemen attempt to run.
In fact, the triple play, which knocks out three players, is much more likely with the hit and run strategy. If two players on base stay on base until the ball is firmly in the air, they are still safe. If they run and the batter hits or hits a fly that is caught, the inning ends, if the other two players fail to reach the next base. Generally, this play will not be attempted unless the runners on base are reasonably certain that the batter has a good chance of hitting the ball.