Terry Francona, Carl Willis Victimize Indians With Bizarre Bullpen Mix-Up

Cleveland Indians chalk up meltdown to bullpen miscommunication

The Cleveland Indians owe part of their 7-4 defeat to the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday to a miscommunication between manager Terry Francona and pitching coach Carl Willis.

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

The Cleveland Indians were in great position to extend their lead in the AL Central on Tuesday night, taking a 4-0 lead into the ninth inning against the Cincinnati Reds.

With the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth inning of a tie game, Francona wanted to make a pitching change and bring in left-handed reliever Oliver Perez to face lefty Reds slugger Joey Votto.

"When I saw OT coming through the gate, it was not the guy I was expecting", Francona told reporters.

"That one lands squarely on me".

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Bauer was brilliant, striking out 12 over eight scoreless innings in his first appearance since being named to the All-Star team for the first time. "But you know, I made the mistake, got the wrong guy up. Not that [Otero] can't get the job done; just wasn't the right matchup".

Manny Machado drove in three runs and scored two more in the Orioles' 6-5 win over the Yankees. Eugenio Suarez added an RBI single two batters later. Pedro Martinez holds the record with eight in 2002. As we found out after the game, that was not the plan that Francona had intended.

Former Cleveland reliever Kyle Crockett (1-0) netted the final two outs in the eighth after righty Sal Romano went the first 7 1/3 innings. It was Otero's second blown save this season.

The Reds entered the ninth inning trailing 4-0, facing Cody Allen in a non-save situation.

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

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