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For first time this season, Indians bullpen takes the loss

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

For the first time this season, Terry Francona's bullpen took the loss.
For the first time this season, Terry Francona's bullpen took the loss. (USATSI)

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Heading into Saturday's game against the Red Sox, the Cleveland Indians' bullpen had a record of 8-0. Sure, there had been some blown saves and bad outings, but not one time this season did Tribe manager Terry Francona hand the ball to the bullpen with a lead and end up losing.

Until Saturday.

The Indians took a 4-3 lead into the eighth inning, but Vinnie Pestano coughed it up, allowing four earned runs on four hits and two walks (one intentional). So the Indians' bullpen now has one loss.

The stat isn't as much a reflection of the bullpen as it is the entire team. As noted earlier, there have been blown saves -- six, before Saturday -- and bad outings. But each time that the Indians lost a lead late in the game, they came back to win. This is the kind of streak that's pretty unsustainable throughout the course of a 162-game season but still noteworthy nonetheless.

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