Peralta homers as OF goes through wall

Published Jul. 18, 2010 7:05 p.m. EDT

Jhonny Peralta got a rare inside-the-park home run for the Cleveland Indians when Detroit Tigers center fielder Ryan Raburn crashed through a bullpen door trying to make a catch.

With runners on first and second and two outs in the first inning of Cleveland's 7-2 win Sunday, Peralta hit a 1-1 pitch from Andy Oliver toward the Cleveland bullpen. Raburn leaped into, and tumbled through the door. The ball caromed off the wall and left fielder Brennan Boesch raced over to retrieve it as Peralta, one of the slowest players on Cleveland's roster, chugged around the bases.

Peralta slid in ahead of the relay throw by shortstop Danny Worth with Cleveland's first inside-the-park homer since Grady Sizemore did it against Baltimore on April 27, 2007. It was the eighth such homer at Progressive Field, which opened in 1994.

''It was very hard, especially since I've been sick,'' said Peralta, back after missing three games with a fever. ''I was surprised.''


Raburn had a chance at a similar play in the second inning, and this time he leaped against the wall 10 feet to the left of the door to catch a drive hit by Jason Donald.