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Published: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 @ 12:16 PM
— The Cincinnati Reds proved they have some mental mettle Tuesday night when they rallied from four runs down in the ninth inning to beat the Cleveland Indians.
They got an assist from Tribe manager Terry Francona, whose apparent decision to go to right-hander Chad Otero in a tight spot brought questions from the Indians faithful.
Who thought bringing in Dan Otero vs Votto with the bases loaded was a good idea. 🤦🏻♂️— Dustin Fox (@DustinFox37) July 11, 2018
Joey Votto against Dan Otero. And you expected???? Tito shoulda made the move 3 or 4 batters ago. You don't wait until it's Votta. Really stupid managing. He's great with player relationships. GREAT, I said. But managing a bullpen...he's very average. VERY.— Bruce Hooley (@BHOOLZ) July 11, 2018
After the game, the Indians skipper admitted he ended up with the wrong reliever on the mound to face Joey Votto with the bases loaded in the ninth inning.
After Cody Allen was removed from the game in the 9th, a miscommunication between Terry Francona and Carl Willis resulted in Dan Otero entering the game instead of Oliver Perez. pic.twitter.com/Jr2iSy7k5g— SportsTime Ohio (@SportsTimeOhio) July 11, 2018
That would be a hilarious subplot if Otero had ended up getting Votto out, but he allowed a ringing three-run double that put the Reds on top.
Indians fans therefore are only left to wonder what if it had been Oliver Perez, who is not only left-handed but also counts himself among the many pitchers over the years who have spent at least part of their careers as Reds killers.