THURSDAY SPORTS: BoSox win game one; HS volleyball; Clemson announces ‘Purple Out’
*The Boston Red Sox took Game 1 of the World Series Wednesday night at Fenway Park over the St. Louis Cardinals, romping to victory after a game-changing umpire decision in the first inning and against sloppy play by St. Louis, which made three errors. In the first, Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright walked leadoff man Jacoby Ellsbury, then Dustin Pedroia singled. David Ortiz hit a slow grounder to second baseman Matt Carpenter and as St. Louis hurried to try to make the double play, shortstop Pete Kozma let the backhand flip glance off his glove. The umpire called Pedroia out, indicating that Kozma dropped the ball while trying to transfer it to his throwing hand. But Boston argued the call, the umpires all conferred, and then reversed the call, saying Kozma hadn’t made the catch. That left the bases loaded, and Mike Napoli then hit a three-run double for Boston. During the second inning, the Cardinals’ Carlos Beltran robbed Ortiz of a grad slam with a catch over the low wall in front of the bullpen, but he bruised his ribs and left the game in the next inning and is now day to day Ortiz later got a two-run homer in the seventh. Game 2 will be Thursday night in Boston, with Michael Wacha starting for St. Louis and Jack Lackey for Boston.
*In high school volleyball Wednesday, Daniel defeated Seneca 3-0. The win leaves the Lions in a tie for the top spot in Western AAA and forces a tiebreaker match with Wren. That contest will be played Thursday at 6:00 PM at Palmetto High School. Elsewhere Wednesday, Walhalla defeated West-Oak 3-1.
*Clemson will hold its first-ever “Purple Out” for the Military Appreciation Day game against The Citadel, and official T-shirts are available with a design meant to show the significance the color purple has to the United States military and Clemson University.There will be 11,000 T-shirts at the stadium for student-ticket holders, so anyone who attends the game with a student ticket will get one of the shirts at no charge. Shirts will also be available for sale at various retail outlets around the Upstate.
*The Carolina Panthers have the nationl spotlight Thursday night when they take on the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers on NFL Network. Kick off is set for 8:25 PM.
*Atlanta Falcons running back Steven Jackson practiced on Wednesday and hopes to be back this Sunday at Arizona. Jackson has missed the last four games with a hamstring injury.