Indians had costly bullpen miscommunication in loss

Ruben Hill
July 11, 2018

Although Otero was only charged with one earned run, he allowed a three-run double to Joey Votto that gave the Reds a 6-4 lead.

The Indians manager and pitching coach suffered a communication breakdown that would have been humorous had it not essentially cost Cleveland the game against the Cincinnati Reds.

Francona's affinity for nicknames - Perez is "OP;" Otero is "OT" - cost him dearly, too.

Trevor Bauer dominated the Reds for eight innings tonight.

Cleveland held a 4-0 lead entering the ninth, but closer Cody Allen struggled to get through the last out, leaving the game with the bases loaded.

Indians manager Terry Francona expected to see Oliver Perez run out of the bullpen.

"When I saw O-T coming through the gate, it's not that I don't think he can pitch, but it just wasn't the guy I was expecting", Francona said.

"That one lands squarely on me".

Allen (2-4) initiated the sequence by loading the bases after recording two outs in relief of Bauer, who struck out 12 in eight shutout innings. Sonny Gray, who has registered a 5.85 ERA so far this season, will take the mound for NY while Dylan Bundy is set to start for the Orioles.

Francona accepted responsibility for the mix-up, telling reporters, "That one's on me".

"I made the mistake". "Not that (Otero) can't get the job done; just wasn't the right match-up". Adam Duvall also doubled home two in the ninth, while Jose Peraza and Eugenio Suarez each hit an RBI single. Pedro Martinez set the record with eight in 2002.

Two outs happened - two outs! It was Otero's second blown save this season. The Reds won, 7-4.

The Reds go 41-51 this year after the win at Progressive Field while the Indians fall to 49-41.

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