Indians had costly bullpen miscommunication in loss

Cleveland Indians chalk up meltdown to bullpen miscommunication

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. He requested "OP" - Oliver Perez - and it was understood as "OT" and Otero was told to warm up in the bullpen.

The Indians are the best team in the AL Central this year, y'all.

With two outs and the bases loaded, Indians manager Terry Francona wanted a new reliever to close it out. Willis heard "O.T.", which would've meant Otero.

"When I saw OT coming through the gate-and again, it's not that I don't think he can pitch-just not the guy I was expecting", Francona said, per The Athletic's C. Trent Rosecrans. "We had a communication (error). I know Carl is beating himself up right now, but that one lands on me".

Bauer got the start for Cleveland and shut Cincinnati out on three hits, striking out 12 over eight innings.

Baseball fans are used to head-scratching bullpen decisions.

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"Quite frankly, heart of hearts, I felt like Cody was going to get out of the situation", Willis said.

Said Willis: "I made the mistake". Eugenio Suarez added an RBI single two batters later.

Manny Machado drove in three runs and scored two more in the Orioles' 6-5 win over the Yankees.

"I take sole responsibility for everything that took place there", said Allen, who was charged with a career-high six runs.

It's not just the fact that the Tribe blew a 4-0 lead after a brilliant start from Trevor Bauer. Pedro Martinez set the record with eight in 2002.

Francona took the heat for the miscommunication after the game as only he can. "There is a reason why he's an All-Star and there is a reason why he is fastly becoming one of the better pitchers, if not one of the best pitchers in the game". It was Otero's second blown save this season. But Votto was actually 0-for-4 vs Otero until the double that won the game.

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