Anibal Sanchez was unhittable on Friday night in Game 1 of the NLCS against the St. Louis Cardinals. Well, almost. The Washington Nationals’ pitcher, not a flamethrower by any means, set the table with an extraordinary and unexpected performance on the evening that ultimately allowed his team to run out 2-0 winner in St. Louis. Far from a bad pitcher but not their ace, Sanchez, a free agent pickup from the Braves in the off season, was just superb. He went seven and 2/3 innings, only allowing a single hit and having just one man reach via a walk. He did so by only striking out five batters, too, showing he wasn’t just blowing pitches by guys. On the offensive side of things, it was Howie Kendrick, the hero of the NLDS in Game 5, that stepped up once again. In the second inning, he got himself on base with a big hit, which led to Yan Gomes driving him in with a double. In the seventh inning, it was Kendrick that got the RBI, bringing home Adam Eaton with a single. That was all they needed on this night, giving them a crucial 1-0 advantage in the series.
There were a couple of notable match ups in college football on Friday night, with both games featuring teams that were ranked ahead of the weekend. Those two teams had diverging fortunes on this night. The #13 Oregon Ducks didn’t disappoint at all, blowing out the Colorado Buffaloes 45-3 in a landslide. Quarterback Justin Herbert had two touchdowns in the victory, handing him the longest TD-pass streak in the nation at 34 games. CJ Verdell also had himself a game at running back, scampering for 171 yards on just 14 carries. The other ranked team, the Virginia Cavaliers, didn’t have any much luck when they took on, and lost, to the Miami Hurricanes. After losing late to Virginia Tech last week, Miami avenged themselves a bit with a 17-9 upset win on the road against the #20 team in the country. N’Kosi Perry was the hero, scoring two TD’s- one through the air and one on the ground- to help them skate away and record a win that puts them a 3-3 on the year.
The old saying goes “it’s a marathon, not a sprint.” Eliud Kipchoge proved that it can be both on Saturday when he became the first person in the world to run a marathon in under two hours, doing so at an event that was specifically set up for this sort of thing, called the INEOS 1:59 Challenge in Vienna, Austria. The Kenyan Olympic champion was aided by various running partners throughout that helped him maintain a certain pace as well as by a car that indicated to him where the fastest path on the road would be. For those reasons, the IAAF will not recognize his time of 1 hour, 59 minutes, and 40.2 seconds. Even without the official record, it’s a turning point for all humans, hearkening back to when Roger Bannister ran the first mile in under four minutes. On average, Kipchoge was able to run a mile every four minutes and 33 seconds. That’s over 26.2 miles, which is just jaw-dropping.