Bieber struggles, Indians lose to Braves 11-5

The Indians fall to 12-9 this season

James Rapien
April 21, 2019 - 10:30 pm

Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – The Indians allowed a season-high 11 runs on Sunday night and the Braves coasted to an 11-5 win. 

Atlanta scored at least one run in each of the first four innings, picking up right where they left off. They scored five runs in the ninth inning on Saturday night to beat the Indians 8-7. That momentum carried over and helped them win the series.

Indians starter Shane Bieber only lasted 2.1 innings, allowing seven runs (five earned), five hits and three strikeouts. The 23-year-old never looked comfortable, throwing 65 pitches. Josh Donaldson hit two home runs off of him, the second of which was a three-run shot that blew the game wide open. Bieber is now 2-1 this season with a 3.47 ERA. 

Francisco Lindor got the Indians on the board in the seventh inning with his first home run of the season. He hit two homers in three rehab appearances for Columbus. He's 2-for-8 in two games since returning from injury.

He had an error in the first inning, but it didn't lead to any Atlanta runs. Lindor clearly isn't 100 percent and it could take him time for him to get back to an MVP-caliber level. The three-time All-Star played in at least 158 games in each of the last three seasons. He's never had to come back from an injury, especially after missing all of spring training. 

The Indians threatened in the first inning, drawing three two-out walks to load the bases. Tyler Naquin popped out to center to end the threat.

Roberto Pérez was a bright spot for the Indians, finishing 3-for-5 on the night with a home run. It was his second homer of the season. 

The Indians fall to 12-9 on the season. They're off on Monday and then they'll host a two game series against Miami. Carlos Carrasco and Jefry Rodriguez are expected to start on Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Terry Francona talked with ESPN's Buster Olney prior to the game. This was an interesting conversation about Francona's time coaching Michael Jordan: