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

O.P.? O.T.? The Indians and their bullpen are not O.K

The score remained 4-0 until the ninth when Jose Peraza singled for the Reds' first run.

Joey Votto hit a go-ahead, three-run double off Otero in the ninth inning as Cincinnati scored seven times with two outs, overcoming a gem by Trevor Bauer to beat Cleveland 7-4 on Tuesday night.

Alas, things are rarely that simple.

Cody Allen struggled in his attempt to close out a 4-0 lead and exited the game with the bases loaded, two outs, and the score 4-3. After one intentional walk and one unintentional walk, it was 4-3 and the bases were loaded, and Manager Terry Francona decided to make another call to the bullpen.

Jul 10, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona (77) and the Indians infield point to the dugout during a pitching change during the ninth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Progressive Field.

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It would have made a lot more sense to have the lefty Perez out to face Votto, especially with several left-handed Reds hitters following in the lineup. With a two-out, one-run lead in the top of the ninth, Dan Otero trotted out instead. But Votto was actually 0-for-4 vs Otero until the double that won the game.

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

"That one lands squarely on me". There's no getting around it.

"I think I was a little pumped up in the beginning, that's just normal", Romano said. "I brought the wrong guy up", Willis said.

Francona accepted responsibility for the mix-up, telling reporters, "That one's on me". "Not that [Otero] can't get the job done; just wasn't the right matchup". "We're confident in every guy that runs out of that gate and we shouldn't have been in that position in the first place".

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