Indians had costly bullpen miscommunication in loss

Jose Verdugo
Julio 12, 2018

From there, it may have been the best game of his life - Romano retired the next 15 batters, pitched into the eighth inning and recorded his sixth quality start of the season as the Reds would score seven runs in the ninth for a 7-4 victory.

Indians closer Cody Allen (2-4) allowed six runs after getting two outs in the ninth, the last three charged on Votto's extra-base hit off Otero. Suddenly a 4-0 Tribe lead was down to 4-3 with the bases loaded, two down, and Reds left-handed slugger Joey Votto due up.

Pitching coach Carl Willis said he was responsible for calling the bullpen to warm up Otero instead of Perez. So the wrong pitcher was called for out of the bullpen. Francona asked Willis to warm up "O.P." in the bullpen, meaning the southpaw Perez.

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Francona accepted responsibility for the mix-up, telling reporters, "That one's on me". It was a puzzling move to everyone watching as Otero is a righty, and Votto is batting over.300 against righties and just above.200 against lefties.

Reds starter Sal Romano gave up two solo home runs in the first inning on Tuesday and started the second inning with a walk and a double.

While Cleveland still has a comfortable 8.5-game lead on its division, moving forward, the Indians may want to consider adopting some more vibrant nicknames for their relievers to help ensure a similar mistake doesn't happen again.

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