You had to wonder what Brandon McCarthy was thinking. After all, it was the Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher who suffered a skull fracture and epidural hemorrhage two years ago as a member of the Oakland A's when a comebacker struck him in the head. McCarthy had a front row seat Wednesday night as his opposite number in St. Louis Cardinal hurler Michael Wacha nearly suffered a similar fate. Thankfully though, Wacha snagged a line drive off the bat of Martin Prado in the fifth inning that was targeted for his noggin and was OK. The 22-year-old wasn't so lucky an inning later.
Matt Adams lined a foul ball into the Cards dugout that ricocheted off the wall and tagged the right-hander on his throwing elbow. What are the odds? First, Wacha saw his life flash before him on the mound only to be an innocent bystander shortly thereafter and get dinged. The pitcher joked about how none of his teammates sacrificed themselves to protect him. At least he was able to keep his sense of humor after being lifted for precautionary reasons with an elbow contusion. St. Louis eventually won 3-2 in 12 innings.
Moving to basketball, the San Antonio Spurs destroyed the Oklahoma City Thunder 112-77 in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals. And when Manu Ginobili is making passes like the one below, the Spurs are hard to stop.
With the victory, Ginobili, Tim Duncan and Tony Parker became the winningest trio in NBA playoff history.
Finally in auto racing, 19-year-old Sage Karam missed his high school prom last Friday while trying to qualify for the Indianapolis 500. The rookie driver was successful and will start 31st in the field of 33 on Sunday. As for the prom, his team made it up to him at the Brickyard by throwing him a makefshift event in the pits. He even got to enjoy a dance with girlfriend Anna de Ferran, daughter of 2003 Indy 500 winner Gil de Ferran.