10/17/07 1:30 AM ET
Peralta, Blake take their turns as stars
Both homer in game-turning fifth inning in ALCS Game 4
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
"Sometimes your up there just scratching and battling, just trying to make solid contact and not look like an idiot up there. ... I got lucky, hit one on the barrel, and it seemed like that got us going a little bit."It did. Franklin Gutierrez followed with a double to left and Shoppach was hit by a pitch. Grady Sizemore forced Shoppach with a grounder to second but Asdrubal Cabrera reached on an infield hit off Wakefield's glove to score Gutierrez and make it a 2-0 game. "It's the postseason, and you have to stop the bleeding as quick as possible," Wakefield said. "Unfortunately, I didn't get the chance to do that. It's very stunning. You work and prepare and do all the things you're supposed to do and sometimes a break's got to go your way. Unfortunately, that inning ... they put enough hits together at the right time to continue the inning." Wakefield did strike out Travis Hafner, but Martinez singled home Sizemore and the Red Sox knuckleballer was done for the evening. It's the third straight game the Red Sox's starting pitcher hasn't been able to get through the fifth inning, and that's the first time that has happened to them all season. Manny Delcarmen replaced Wakefield, but Peralta greeted him with a three-run home run into the right-field seats. "I'm just trying to do the best I can," Peralta said. "I'm not trying to do too much, but everything is happening for me right now." Peralta's homer made it 6-0, but the Indians weren't done. Kenny Lofton singled, stole second and scored on Blake's bloop single to center to add one more run to the Red Sox's increasing agony. This was the Indians' second seven-run inning of the series. They also scored seven in the 11th inning of Game 2 at Fenway Park. The only other team to have two seven-run innings in an ALCS was the Baltimore Orioles against the Minnesota Twins in 1970. "Casey Blake, that was big for us," Indians manager Eric Wedge said. "To get on the board and break through, because we weren't stringing anything together. Then it just kind of went on from there."
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.