Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Failure to Communicate Costs Indians

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Failure to Communicate Costs Indians

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Indians skipper Terry Francona spent the night tossing, turning, trying to forget.

There are tough losses during the course of a season. And then there are troubling ones - like Tuesday night.

Francona and several of his coaches had trouble moving past a communication breakdown that helped the Reds score seven runs in the ninth inning. As the Reds were rallying, Francona wanted to bring in left-hander Oliver Perez to face slugger Joey Votto with two outs, the bases loaded and the Indians clinging to a 4-3 lead. But pitching coach Carl Willis thought he heard Francona tell him to summon right-hander Dan Otero.

Votto promptly hit a three-run double off Otero.

"He thought I said O.T.," Francona said, using Otero's nickname. "I said O.P."

Whatever was said, it wasn't OK as discussion intensified about a beleaguered bullpen that dropped to 5-16 with an AL-worst 5. …

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