TERRE HAUTE —
High drama prevailed in more than one weekend sports contest.
In baseball, Detroit and Boston opened their AL Championship Series on Saturday in Boston.
Anibal Sanchez was the starting pitcher for the Tigers but was pulled after six innings even though he had not allowed a hit. His team had taken a 1-0 lead in the sixth and that was still the score in the ninth inning when the Bosox got their first hit with one out.
That was all the hits they got and Sanchez and four relievers came within two outs of the first combined no-hitter in postseason history. Sanchez had 12 strikeouts in his six innings of work and Tiger pitchers had gotten 23 of the first 35 outs by strikeouts in the two games.
Sunday night started the same as Detroit took a 5-0 lead and held the Sox hitless until the sixth stanza. Unfortunately, that’s when I turned the game off and watched something else, missing Boston’s rally to win 6-5.
In the National League, St. Louis had a 2-0 lead in the NLCS over Los Angeles heading into Monday’s late game, after the Cardinals trailed Pittsburgh 2-1 in the Division Series.
Rookie Michael Wacha was on the mound for the Cardinals when they won to stay alive and he was the winning pitcher in Saturday’s 1-0 victory. He has given up one run and six hits in 14 innings of work.
Hoosier Lance Lynn of Brownsburg is slated to be the starting pitcher for St. Louis tonight in the fourth game.
The other high drama came in Sunday’s New England-New Orleans football game with Tom Brady and Drew Brees providing the heroics.
Brees rallied the Saints from a 23-17 deficit to give his team a 24-23 lead with less than two minutes left in the game.
Lots of the fans were gone or leaving by the time Brady began his 70-yard winning drive that ended with a 17-yard touchdown pass to rookie Kenbrell Thompkins as time expired, giving the Pats a 30-27 victory.
That defeat left Denver and Kansas City as the only unbeaten National Football League teams, and Denver will take on Indianapolis in this week’s Sunday night game.
The Broncos were a record 27-point favorite against Jacksonville but did not cover, winning 35-19.
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• Special night — Clay City and Shakamak met in a special high school volleyball contest last week.
The Heart of the Matter action was dedicated to Clay City coach Garicke Rubin, who was diagnosed in 2006 with cardiomyopathy or an enlarged heart. Rubin and his wife are Shakamak graduates.
The Eels won over the Lakers 3-1.
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• Tom-Cattin’ It — It was good to see the name of Chad Collins in the scores for the PGA Tour event in California.
Collins is back on the Tour and made the cut but did not finish with rounds of 72-68-73 for a 213 score. He earned $9,600.
• The Indiana Pacers are 0-3 in NBA preseason games, playing Houston twice in Asia. They will be at home against Dallas on Wednesday.
• Linton and Sheridan met in high school football last week for the first time since 1998 when they met in the semistate. Zane Hayden scored twice in last week’s 26-7 victory and Dane Rupska had three touchdown passes.
• South Vermillion grad Logan Burdick is playing college golf at Wabash and recently had a 69 in a match, his best score in college.
• Andy Pafko died last week at the age of 92. He was a four-time All-Star who played on the last Chicago Cubs team to reach the World Series. He also played for the Milwaukee Braves and Brooklyn Dodgers.
• High school boys tennis teams in the state finals are Carmel, Indianapolis North Central, Park Tudor, Delta, Northeastern, Jasper, Penn and Evansville Memorial.
Tom Reck may be contacted by telephone at ()812) 232-3231, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail at 4284 South 5th Street, Apt. 3, Terre Haute, IN, 47802.