Here are 18 Walk-Off Thoughts after the Indians’ 1-0 walk-off win against the Minnesota Twins on Monday night.



1. The attendance at Indians games has been one of the hot-button issues for a long time. The fans who have been at Progressive Field recently have been treated well.



2. On Monday night, the Indians completed their third walk-off win in the last five home games. Four of those five games have included an Indians game-winning hit in the eighth-inning or later.    



3. Jason Kipnis won Monday’s game with a walk-off single to left-center field in the 10th inning to score Chris Gimenez, who earlier singled after not being able to get a bunt down.



4. Kipnis then back-pedaled into center field as Mike Napoli and Tyler Naquin led the group to give the ceremonial pummeling, as is tradition.



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5. Said Kipnis, laughing, “It probably wasn't my best idea to keep screaming 'You guys can't bring me down' to the rest of them.”



6. It was the seventh game out of their last eight in which the Indians scored one or zero runs, including their 2-5 road trip. This time, it didn’t matter.



7. Said Kipnis, “First off, you have to give our pitching staff credit, starting with Trevor and the bullpen took it from there. Any time it takes one run to win a game, that goes straight to the pitching staff, who deserves the credit. We know, as an offense, we have to do better, but when all it takes is one and we were able to come through with a win tonight still, if we have to win 1-0 games, we'll win 1-0 games. We'll take it.”







8. The Indians are still the only team in baseball to not lose four straight games at any point this season. A big reason for that has been the starting rotation. Another reason, though, has been a consistent offense, the likes of which the Indians haven’t enjoyed recently. The last week or so, the Indians’ lineup has gone through its worst slump of the season, with only one 12-run outburst separating eight games of one-run-or-worse baseball.



9. One concern when a lineup begins to struggle is that it’ll also press, with hitters trying to hit three-run home runs every time up to bat. It also might have played a small role in Francisco Lindor trying for third base and making the final out to end the eighth inning, a no-no in baseball.  Kipnis hopes a walk-off win has the opposite effect.



10. Said Kipnis, “Hopefully a lot. At this time, it's nice to get a win in any form. Hopefully the more wins we get, the more relaxed we can be. Not to say guys are pressing, but guys are still trying to find the adjustments that are working. We know there are ups and downs. It wouldn't be a bad idea if we could get on a hot stretch in the last month of the season. That's when you want to be hot, going in there. That's the best time.”



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11. Trevor Bauer tossed six scoreless innings, Andrew Miller worked himself out of trouble with a nasty slider that led Brian Dozier to crumbling to the ground as he swung, Bryan Shaw finished the eighth, Cody Allen recorded five outs and Zach McAllister recorded the biggest out of the night with the bases loaded in the 10th inning after Allen lost his command a bit as his pitch-count rose into the high 30s.



12. Bauer has now received one or fewer runs of support in his last three starts and has a 2.45 ERA in his last five starts. He’s joined Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco in leading the Indians’ rotation while Danny Salazar has worked his way back from the disabled list and Josh Tomlin has struggled through August.



13. Miller continued his run of making hitters look silly, which isn’t a word often used to describe professional baseball outcomes. In the seventh, he struck out Brian Dozier with another back-door slider, sending Dozier to the ground and a genuine look of anguish on his face. He did the same thing to Khris Davis to end the game on Aug. 22. He's been as advertised in Cleveland.



14. Said Kipnis, “We've seen it before, with Khris Davis in Oakland, go down the list. He goes in with that slider to righties. The ball comes in to their back legs. It's a wipeout slider, a nasty pitch and I love watching it from second base. It's a much better perspective than at the plate. Usually I watch it as it goes by my bat and then I walk with my head down back to the dugout.”



15. Cody Allen worked into trouble in the ninth. Indians manager Terry Francona said afterward he was worried he left Allen in too long.



16. Said Francona, “That’s a lot to ask of somebody.”



17. Then came McAllister, who fell behind 2-0 to Max Kepler but recorded to induce a fly out. McAllister has had an up-down-season. Getting Allen out of that jam is one of his better outings this season, albeit with only one batter faced.



18. Said McAllister, “It’s great. [Allen has] done that for us numerous times. He’s been put in situation that are challenging to come in and be successful and he’s done it. To do that for him is definitely a good feeling.”