Here are 13 Walk-Off Thoughts after the Indians’ 3-1 loss to the Oakland A’s on Wednesday night.



1. Mike Clevinger hung a slider and a breaking ball to Chad Pinder, and that was pretty much the ballgame on Wednesday night. Pinder blasted both mistakes for home runs and with Sean Manaea dealing, that was enough for the A’s.



2. But for Clevinger, it was another quality outing. He allowed three runs on five hits and two walks and struck out seven in 6 2/3 innings pitched. In five starts (and one relief appearance) in the big leagues this season, Clevinger’s ERA now sits at a solid 3.10.



3. Indians manager Terry Francona: “He left two breaking balls [over the plate] to Pinder that got hit. Other than that, he was really good. I think if he gets 6 2/3 [innings] and three [runs], most nights we’re talking about how well he did.”

4. Clevinger was called up to Cleveland when Corey Kluber went down with a strained lower back. Kluber is slated to return on Thursday, but Clevinger will have a chance to stay in the rotation in part thanks to Salazar’s temporary move to the bullpen. Though, it’s easy to imagine one of the reasons the club is able to have Salazar work out some issues in the bullpen in the first place is because Clevinger has proven, at least to a greater extent, to be a reliable member of the rotation. The circumstances have worked in Clevinger’s favor, but he’s also done well to make it easier for the Indians to utilize him during this stretch.



5. Clevinger, on the improvement since last season: “100 percent. Just going deeper into games and attacking. Aggression has been twice as good as last year. Now, it’s about minimizing those mistakes.”



6. One of the major concerns for the Indians entering this season was starting pitching depth. Clevinger, Ryan Merritt and a few others made up the Nos. 6-7-and beyond at Triple-A. There was potential there, but not much in the ways of proven depth. Clevinger has made steps toward giving the Indians a somewhat reliable No. 6 starting pitcher behind the five in the Opening Day rotation.



7. Lindor, on Clevinger: “He pitched great. He continued to follow his plan. When he got in trouble last year, once he got to two strikes, he was trying to be too perfect. This year, he's two strikes and, 'Here you go. Hit it.' He's following Yan and Perez, whoever's catching that day. He's been successful. Today, unfortunately, we lost. But, he had a good game today. Pinder just had a great game against him. It was one of those days.”



8. Francisco Lindor belted his 12th home run of the season Wednesday night as the Indians’ lone source of offensive production. He’s said in the past that he rarely tries to hit home runs, and that he’s a guy who will probably most years be in the 12-15 range. Well, he’s already at 12, and we’re still in May.



9. When Lindor came to the big leagues, his defensive prowess was known. Then he added being a quality hitter. Now he’s seemingly added being a quality hitter for power. Perhaps it won’t last, but Lindor’s ascension into baseball’s elite hasn’t hit a speed bump yet.



10. Francona credited much of it with experience, and Lindor learning the league, saying, “I think that’s a big part of it. I mean he’s stronger I think than people realize. I mean tonight that ball was down and he was out in front, but he stayed through it so well. I just think the experience, the 1,000 at-bats or 1,200, there’s no replacement for that. And when you’re a really good player and you start to get experience, I don’t think it matters what you did (in) the minor leagues. Guys are here now and they get better and like I say, the really good players with that experience, they start doing things then confidence plays a part.”



11. Lindor added that he’s done a better job of getting out in front of balls, which is when he can generate more power. Lindor: “Getting the barrel to the ball. Getting the barrel out front. The at-bat before, I hit it a little bit closer to my body. And then the second at-bat, I hit it a little more out front. That's the difference. I won't hit any home run back here. All my home runs are going to be out front. Whether it's opposite, pull or center field, all my home runs are going to come when I get the barrel out. It's just, I don't know, it's a blessing.”



12. Still, Lindor has maintained this season and last that he isn’t a power hitter and has no intentions of becoming one. It’s just, put a good swing on it, hit it hard, and see what happens. That’s the general mindset, and if a byproduct of better swings is more home runs, then that’s an added bonus. But, he’s already one of baseball’s elite players and thanks his per-arbitration status, one of its most valuable assets for any franchise. And he’s still climbing.



13. Lindor: “I have an idea of what I want to do with pitches, and what I want to do in certain counts. But, it's not like I'm saying, 'I'm going to hit a home run this pitch. I want a home run.' I wish. Trust me, I wish. I'd hit 50 every year. But, that won't be the case. I don't think I'll ever hit 50. I've just got to continue to put the ball in play and hope for the best.”