Indians allow 7 runs in 9th, lose to Reds

Rex Christensen
July 11, 2018

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

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

It's how they managed to give up SEVEN runs in the 9th inning, part of which can be blamed by a lost-in-translation moment between Indians manager Terry Francona and pitching coach Carl Willis. Willis heard "O.T.", which would've meant Otero. "We had a communication (error)".

"That one lands squarely on me". 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. He noted that Votto was 0 of 4 in his career against Otero, but said he should have asked Francona for clarification. Cleveland's bullpen entered the day with the third-highest ERA in baseball at 5.13.

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

"I think I was a little pumped up in the beginning, that's just normal", Romano said. "It's not that O-T can't get the job done, but it probably wasn't the best matchup". Eugenio Suarez added an RBI single two batters later. The Reds were up 7-4, that would hold through the bottom of the ninth and Cincinnati won.

The Indians allowed seven runs in the ninth inning to spoil Trevor Bauer's excellent start. Pedro Martinez set the record with eight in 2002. As we found out after the game, that was not the plan that Francona had intended. "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".

White Sox relievers Jace Fry and Bruce Rondon combined to allow five runs while recording just two total outs against the Cardinals. It was Otero's second blown save this season.

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