10/14/07 3:48 AM ET
Manny sets playoff home run record
Red Sox slugger belts 23rd postseason long ball in Game 2
By Jordan Bastian / MLB.com
In the fifth inning of Game 2 of the American League Championship Series, Ramirez launched an 0-2 offering from Indians reliever Rafael Perez deep to center field. The ball carried over Boston's bullpen, marking the 23rd home run in postseason play for Ramirez, who has belted three long balls in five playoff games this October.
The two-run blast for the Red Sox knotted the score at 5 apiece, and Mike Lowell followed by sending another pitch from Perez over the 37-foot wall in left field to put Boston ahead by one run. For Ramirez, the shot also gave him nine homers in LCS play, moving him into a tie with Williams and George Brett for the most in baseball history.
After the inning, Ramirez jogged out to left field, while his all-time playoff record was announced on the center-field scoreboard. The fans inside Fenway Park roared and offered the slugger a standing ovation, as he tipped his cap and waved to the crowd.
In the third inning, Ramirez drew a bases-loaded walk against Cleveland starter Fausto Carmona to tie the game, 1-1. Ramirez also had two bases-loaded walks in Friday night's 10-3 victory over Cleveland in Game 1. The three free passes with three men aboard are the most in postseason history.
Through five playoff games this October, Ramirez has hit .429 (6-for-14) with three homers, 10 RBIs, nine walks and six runs scored. On Oct. 5, he tied Williams for the most home runs in postseason play by belting his 22nd playoff blast: a three-run walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth of Game 2 of the AL Division Series against the Angels.
"It feels great," Ramirez said after that game-winning long ball. "It's been a long time since I've done something special like that. I haven't been right all year. But I guess when you don't feel good and you still get hits, that's when you know you are a bad man."
Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.