[Ads-l] "split of a three-game series"

Dan Goncharoff thegonch at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jul 20 14:06:19 UTC 2015

This was baseball; there were no ties.

This was the summary sentence in an e-mail from The New York Times
regarding the Mets' victory over the Cardinals, which had won the first two
games, in the last game of a three-game series:

"The Mets' feeble offense continued to struggle for 17 innings, but two
runs in the 18th gave them a split of a three-game series in St. Louis."

Split has many meanings in a baseball context (split a series,
split-finger, split season, statistical splits), but I would never use
split to refer to a 2-1 result in a three-game series. Looks odd to me.

Google seems to have only one other use of "split of a three-game series",
and other variant searches were unsuccessful.


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