Indians’ Terry Francona says miscommunication led to bullpen collapse

The Cleveland Indians’ epic bullpen collapse on Tuesday night can be chalked up to a case of mistaken identity.

After Trevor Bauer dominated the Cincinnati Reds with 12 strikeouts over eight scoreless innings, the Reds scored seven runs off Cody Allen and Dan Otero — all tallied with two outs — en route to a 7-4 road victory.

Allen hit a cheap jerseys batter to lead off the ninth, then allowed two singles and a double that pulled the Reds within 4-3.

With two outs and the bases loaded after two more walks, Indians manager Terry Francona wanted a new reliever to close it out.

There was just one problem. Francona said afterward there was a miscommunication. He requested OP — Oliver Perez — and it was understood as OT, Otero’s nickname, and Otero was told to warm up in the bullpen.

That one lands squarely on me, Francona said. There’s no getting around it. I’ve got to be responsible for that.

Allen took his own share of the blame.

I take sole responsibility for everything that took place there, Allen said. 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.

Regardless of where the blame was placed, the end result was a stirring https://www.cheapjerseysfromchinafreeshipping.us.com/ comeback win for the Reds and a night to forget for the Indians.

Franco drove in four runs as the Phillies won for the 10th time in 13 games and took over sole possession of first place in the NL East. Nick Williams had three hits and two RBI, and Rhys Hoskins also got three hits.

De Los Santos allowed three runs and five hits over 6 1/3 effective innings. The 22-year-old right-hander was called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley, where he was 9-3 with a 1.89 ERA in 16 starts, and matched against another starter making his big league debut in Drew Gagnon of the Mets.

I was going to start that Triple-A game but this is much better, De Los Santos said through a translator. This is a dream come true.

Staked to an early lead and armed with an unorthodox and deceptive slingshot delivery that Philadelphia manager Gabe Kapler dubbed a crossfire, De Los Santos (1-0) cruised for most of the night against a scuffling Mets lineup that’s managed only eight runs over the last five games.

It’s kind of a short-arm stroke, Kapler said. Hides the ball with his body well and leads to uncomfortable swings.

De Los Santos walked three and struck out six. He threw 94 pitches, 58 for strikes.

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