Guardians Vault: Sorrento's walk-off blast

January 13th, 2022

MLB.com is digging back into its massive video vault to uncover classic plays that you have loved, forgotten about or, perhaps, are discovering for the very first time. Watch these moments and many, many more on the MLB Vault YouTube page.

June 4, 1995: Sorrento wins it for Cleveland
Cleveland entered the bottom of the ninth inning of a game against Toronto trailing by one run. With two outs and a runner on, Paul Sorrento sent a game-winning moonshot over the right-field wall that sent Jacobs Field into a frenzy. It was the second victory of what would become a seven-game winning streak and a stretch in which the team would go 11-1 as it climbed higher and higher in the division rankings.

Aug. 14, 2003: Hafner hits for cycle
Cleveland had gone two decades without seeing one of its players hit for the cycle. Then, Travis Hafner stepped to the plate in Minnesota. The slugger got the long ball out of the way first, smacking a long fly ball deep into the upper deck in right field at the Metrodome. His double somehow came on a check-swing slow chopper up the middle that barely escaped the infield before a Baltimore chop back to the mound handed him a single. The most difficult hit to collect came last, when the slugger tripled to right-center field and became the first Cleveland player to hit for the cycle since 1978.

June 4, 2001: Lofton's crazy basket catch
When most would assume an outfielder had no chance at catching a fly ball, Kenny Lofton routinely proved them wrong -- and no one knows that feeling like Torii Hunter. In the bottom of the second inning, Hunter lifted a high fly ball to deep center field at the Metrodome. Lofton turned and ran toward the fence with his back toward the infield. When it was clear he wouldn't have time to turn and get himself planted under the ball, he slowed down, reached his glove out in front of him and made an incredible basket catch at the warning track to rob Hunter of an extra-base hit, though Minnesota won the game 11-10.

July 22, 1994: Thrice is nice for Thome
For the first time in his career (he'd do it once more in 2001), Jim Thome launched three homers in a single game -- and Cleveland needed every one of them, as those three jacks to right were the difference in a 9-8 victory over the White Sox at Jacobs Field. Thome's third long ball came in the fifth inning; after his trip around the bases, he was summoned from the dugout by a roaring crowd.

June 30, 1995: Murray raps 3,000th hit
Eddie Murray wasn't with Cleveland for a long time, but he had the most memorable day of his playing career with the club against Minnesota. Despite not playing on his home turf, Murray received a standing ovation from the opposing crowd, as he sent a ground ball through the right side of the infield to record his 3,000th career hit. At the time, he became just the 20th player in Major League history to reach that mark.

July 4, 2005: Crisp legs out inside the parker
We've watched Tyler Naquin's inside-the-park home run so many times over the last year, so it's time to dig deeper into the vault. Coco Crisp brought the fireworks a little early on the Fourth of July in 2005, sending a high fly ball off the outfield wall in right-center field that bounced away from all defenders. As the throw was relayed in from the outfield, Crisp was already turning on the jets as he rounded third base. It was set up to be a bang-bang play at the plate, but when the ball couldn't be handled by the backstop, Crisp easily slapped his hand on the plate in triumph of his 360-foot hustle.

July 18, 1995: Belle's walk-off slam
Sure, all walk-offs are enjoyable, but there's nothing more exciting than a walk-off grand slam. With Cleveland down, 5-3, in the bottom of the ninth against the Angels, Albert Belle hit a game-ending slam off Lee Smith (and the ball ended up under a picnic table in dead center field). While Belle's teammates waited for him in a huddle around home plate, Jacobs Field erupted in massive cheers, as a TV camera captured a fan holding up a sign that read, "Show 'em how it's done, Albert."

Aug. 4, 1996: Lofton's insane HR robbery
Not one part of Kenny Lofton was even slightly turned toward the field. He ran straight back toward the wall on a long fly ball that appeared to be flying over the fence. He leaped, drove one foot into the fence and reached over the wall with his wrist twisted as far as it could go to secure the catch, robbing B.J. Surhoff of a homer.

June 27, 2008: Sizemore makes leaping grab
Cincinnati's Adam Dunn drove a long fly ball from Cleveland starter CC Sabathia into deep center field that Grady Sizemore had a bead on right off the bat. With his back to the infield, Sizemore jumped, made an over-the-shoulder basket catch and bounced off the center-field wall. As Sizemore turned back to the field with the ball in his hand as proof he made the grab, Sabathia stood on the mound in disbelief with his glove on his head.

April 8, 1993: Baerga's two-homer frame
Hitting two home runs in an inning is exciting enough, but Carlos Baerga found a way to make it even more memorable against the Yankees. In the bottom of the seventh, Baerga launched a two-run homer off Steve Howe. After a mid-inning pitching change, Baerga got back up to the plate and smacked his second long ball off Steve Farr. He became the first player in Major League history to hit a homer from both sides of the plate in the same inning.

July 18, 2010: Peralta's shot opens the flood gates ... literally
Jhonny Peralta's fly ball to right-center field couldn't have been better placed. Detroit center fielder Ryan Raburn tracked the ball all the way to the fence, leaped and crashed into the door that opened into the bullpen. The gate swung open, causing Raburn to tumble to the ground as the ball trickled away far enough to allow Peralta to log a three-run inside-the-park homer.