Starter Trevor Bauer had struck out 12 over eight scoreless innings, and the Indians were three outs away from what could have been a 4-0 win.
Alas, things are rarely that simple. After two more walks loaded the bases with two outs, and with slugger Joey Votto approaching the plate, Francona called out for a pitching change, only to realize the wrong man was running in from the bullpen.
Manager Terry Francona and pitching coach Carl Willis had a miscommunication that directly lead to the Indians loss on Tuesday night.
"When I saw OT coming through the gate, it was not the guy I was expecting", Francona said.
It would have made a lot more sense to have the lefty Perez out to face Votto, especially with several left-handed Reds hitters following in the lineup. Naturally, he doubled to drive in two runs and erase Cleveland's lead for good. But Willis thought he said "OT" for Dan Otero, who entered the game, and Francona was surprised to see Otero. "I know Carl's beating himself up right now, but that one lands on me".
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Perez was rushed to Cooper University Hospital in Camden, where he was quickly admitted into the intensive care unit. With the prognosis still unknown, the Perez family is praying Angel leaves the hospital with his life and limbs.
"I think I was a little pumped up in the beginning, that's just normal", Romano said.
"Quite frankly, heart of hearts, I felt like Cody was going to get out of the situation", Willis said.
Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman earned his 700th career win, but was unaware of it until after the game. "Not that [Otero] can't get the job done; just wasn't the right matchup".
Allen even got on the mea-culpa train.
"I take sole responsibility for everything that took place there", Allen said.