small ball

Meaning 1
Moving in small increments, for example, by stealing bases rather than hitting runs.
Sentence 1
The manager opted to pursue a small ball strategy by stealing bases, rather than trying to get several bases at a time, by home runs or extra base hits.
Meaning 2
The legislature sought to achieve their goals by proceeding incrementaly, a small ball approach, rather than through major legislation.
Sentence 2
The Democrats urged their counterparts in the Republican Party to work with them by proceeding in small steps.