Terry Francona and Carl Willis pulled off a real-life "Abbott and Costello" act Tuesday night.
Cleveland held a 4-0 lead entering the ninth, but closer Cody Allen struggled to get through the last out, leaving the game with the bases loaded.
But the Indians fell apart, giving up seven runs to the Reds in the top of the inning thanks, in large part, to a miscommunication between manager Terry Francona and pitching coach Carl Willis. O.T. (Dan Otero), I think we'll be better for it.
"In the long run it will make guys better and I believe that", Francona said. That one lands squarely on me, no getting around it. It's a wonder why Willis even thought Francona would be asking for Otero anyway, and why he didn't double-check.
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.More news: Former Apple Employee Charged with Stealing Autonomous Vehicle Trade Secrets
"I made the mistake".
Baseball fans are used to head-scratching bullpen decisions. "Not that [Otero] can't get the job done; just wasn't the right matchup".
"I get it", Francona said.
The right-hander became the second major leaguer to post seven consecutive quality starts with eight-or-more strikeouts and no homers allowed, according to the Indians. Pedro Martinez set the record with eight in 2002.More news: Australian rangers trap big saltwater crocodile after decade-long hunt, officials say
As we found out after the game, that was not the plan that Francona had intended.
Miller is progressing to the point where he is ready to face hitters, but in the past he has balked at the idea of pitching to his own teammates.
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.
Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman earned his 700th career win, but was unaware of it until after the game. "So he's trending in a good way, which is really obviously huge for us".More news: England manager Gareth Southgate sparks waistcoat craze