10/21/07 12:20 AM ET
Indians Short Hops: Game 6
Tribe out of it early as Carmona's ALCS struggles continue
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
J.D. Drew hit a grand slam in the first before the Sox broke it open with six runs in the third to force Game 7. Frozen moment
The Indians trailed, 4-1, when they started the third inning with singles by Trot Nixon and Casey Blake. But Grady Sizemore and Asdrubal Cabrera both flied out, and then Curt Schilling got the struggling Travis Hafner on a grounder to first to end the inning. Big number
12.67 -- That's the combined ERA of both Carmona and C.C. Sabathia over their four starts in the ALCS. Game balls
Nixon got another start in right field and had a couple of singles in three at-bats.
Three balls. The Red Sox had a nine-run lead when he came in but he at least pitched some innings and kept the Indians from going heavily into their bullpen.
Zero balls. The Indians left-hander allowed three runs, got one batter out and has a 45.00 ERA in the ALCS.
Sense of October
The Indians were trailing, 10-1, in the bottom of the fourth but Sizemore was still going all-out, making a terrific diving catch in the right-center gap on a drive hit by Jacoby Ellsbury.
4 AB, 2 H, 1 HR, 1 RBI
Comment: Martinez made it interesting for a moment with a leadoff home run in the second.
2 IP, 7 R, 6 H, 4 BB, 2 K
Comment: It's been a rough ALCS and a tough learning experience for the young Indians right-hander.
"When you're in a fist fight and your back is to the wall, that's a pretty good position to be in. The Red Sox were there the past few days and now both teams are." -- Nixon
The Indians will send Jake Westbrook to the mound to face Daisuke Matsuzaka in Game 7 of the ALCS at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday at Fenway Park. Westbrook won Game 3 for the Indians.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.