CLEVELAND - Michael Bourn had had some success in a handful of at-bats against Andrew Miller (4-for-6 before Tuesday night), but John Farrell didn't hesitate to call on his lefty reliever.
After all, Miller had inherited 14 baserunners all season before Tuesday and managed to strand every one of them.
But that didn't help Miller, who on a 2-and-1 pitch, allowed an opposite field double off the wall in left, scoring two go-ahead runs.
"I'm not thinking about (the success rate of stranding runners) when I'm coming in,'' said Miller. "Obviously that's something I pride myself on. You never want to give up somebody else's runs. That's a terrible feeling (especially) in that situation.
"But that's not the focus.''
"We had set it up,'' said Farrell. "Andrew's been the guy who's come in with men on base and has gotten some key strikeouts, recognizing full well that Bourn had had some success in a limited number of at-bats. On a 2-and-1 count, a fastball found its way to the middle of the plate and he doubles into left field.''
On the 1-and-1 pitch, Miller made a good pitch to Bourn, but he took it for a ball. Already behind in the count, he didn't want to risk going to a three-ball count.
"I just wanted him to put the ball in play,'' said Miller. "I know he hit it off the barrel, but knowing who it was and seeing how high it came off the bat, I thought it was going to be OK. It wasn't. He hit it as good as he can hit a ball in that direction, I think. Certainly not the outcome I'm looking for.
"I'll do something different the next time. It seems like he's had some success against me in the past, and I've got to figure something different out. He's 5-for-7 and I've got to do something different.''