CLEVELAND — If you're an Indians fan, Sunday night's game wasn't any less gruesome than an unfortunate death of that downtrodden but plucky "Game of Thrones" character you loved.

There was so much hope in the beginning for a positive outcome, but like many other characters (or, in this case, games), it was a brutal way to go, and it wasn't easy for fans to watch.

And, this metaphorical death took place early in the episode, as the Indians trailed early and went on to be trounced 11-5 by the Atlanta Braves at Progressive Field.

The Braves jumped all over Shane Bieber, building a 2-0 lead in the first inning and a 5-0 advantage by the end of the second before ending Bieber's night with one out in the third. But the Indians bullpen couldn't stop the bleeding.

By the fourth, the Braves (11-10) had opened up a 9-0 lead and cruised for the rest of the night. Three innings later, it was 11-0.

The Indians led 7-0 in the second inning of the second game of Saturday's doubleheader. Between the third inning Saturday and the ninth on Sunday, the Braves outscored the Indians 19-5 while tearing through the bullpen and Bieber.

Bieber has had a strong April but on Sunday night allowed seven runs (five earned) on five hits and a walk with three strikeouts.

Former Indians third baseman Josh Donaldson was the source of much of the early damage. Facing Bieber (2-1), Donaldson drilled two home runs in the first two innings and drove in four of the Braves' first five runs. In 16 games with the Indians last year, Donaldson hit three home runs and nearly equaled that number in the first few innings Sunday night.

The Indians (12-9) had but a few bright spots in a sea of negativity.

Francisco Lindor hit his first home run of the season in his second game, a solo shot to the Home Run Porch in left field in the seventh inning. Roberto Perez, an inning later, added a solo home run to left-center field off former Indians pitcher Josh Tomlin to make it 11-3.

The Indians added two runs in the ninth on a single by Jason Kipnis that also featured an error on center fielder Ender Inciarte.

The top of the ninth featured catcher Kevin Plawecki pitching for the Indians to save the bullpen a bit. He worked a 1-2-3 inning in the third appearance of his career.

 

Ryan Lewis can be reached at rlewis@thebeaconjournal.com. Read the Indians blog at www.ohio.com/indians. Follow him on Twitter at @ByRyanLewis.