CLEVELAND: The Indians defeated the Kansas City Royals 4-0 on Saturday night before a sold-out crowd of 34,273 at Progressive Field.

Indians fans witnessed excellent defense, three home runs on offense and solid pitching.

Here are 32 thoughts from the Indians third win in a row, which pushed the team’s record to 72-56 in 2017, and increased their lead in the American League Central Division to six and a half games over the Minnesota Twins (66-63) and eight games over the Royals (64-64).

1. Indians center fielder Bradley Zimmer flashed his speed in a variety of ways once again, helping the pitching staff record its 14th shutout of the season.

2. First, there was Zimmer’s fantastic catch in left-center field in the fifth inning when he sprinted to his right and launched his body to snag a line drive that Lorenzo Cain hit with two outs and Whit Merrifield on first base.

3. “I kind of lost my footing at first and then obviously recovered,” Zimmer said. “I made a good play. It was fun. It is always fun getting to make plays like that. That was a big situation there. That saved some runs and we were finally able to chip away and get to [Royals starting pitcher Jason] Hammel after that.”

4. Zimmer said he saw a replay of Saturday’s catch, and that “it kind of took me back to Detroit and that one I made there.”

5. “This is definitely one that I will remember,” Zimmer said. “Hopefully there will be many more and better ones to come.”

6. As Zimmer met with the media, Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor sat in his locker right next to him and playfully chimed in with his own comments. As an aside, MLB teams are wearing the “Players Weekend” jerseys that are more colorful than the standard game uniforms feature nicknames on the back’s of players jerseys. Zimmer’s jersey has “Machine” above his No 4. Lindor’s jersey has “Mr. Smile” above his No. 12.

7. “I am just a machine,” Lindor said. “I am just a machine, that’s it.”

8. Said Indians pitcher Mike Clevinger: “It was 1-0 in my head off the bat. I don’t think we are sitting here having the same conversation without that catch. That was really crucial. . . . The ground he covers is unreal. I still underestimate the length of his legs.”

9. Indians manager Terry Francona called Zimmer’s play a “great catch.”

10. “He slipped,” Francona said. “His second step he kind of missed a step. It was like he kind of willed himself and I know there wasn’t a whole lot to spare, but my goodness, considering the timing of the play and the score – that was a great catch.”

11. Next, was Zimmer’s infield single in the seventh inning where he hit a routine grounder to Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer, who fielded the ball and lost the race to the bag. Zimmer sprinted out of the batter’s box and slid feet-first into first base. Hosmer gave a lackluster effort initially, and then tried unsuccessfully to get an out.

12. “He has that element to his game that if he is not hitting, he can do some other things and with his speed and his willingness to get down the line he ends up with a base hit and he saves the game with a catch,” Francona said. “That is exciting.”

13. Francona said Zimmer’s hustle for an infield single kept the dugout festive.

14. “Man, it was almost like a slam dunk in basketball where everybody gets revved up and it brings some energy,” Francona said. “I love that.”

15. Zimmer stole second base after the single, and advanced to third base on an errant throw before being stranded in the seventh inning.

16. “As soon as the ball leaves my bat, I am a base-runner,” Zimmer said. “Regardless, of where I hit it, I am going to run as hard as I can. I saw Hosmer hesitate a little bit and that was it.”

17. Lindor added with a smile: “I can out-run a bullet. I am just a machine, what can I say? It is what it is. . . . It is just life. Get use to it guys.”

18. Zimmer was asked if Hosmer said anything to him, and Lindor said: ‘Wow, you fast.’

19. Zimmer broke up Hammel’s perfect game in the sixth inning with a single up the middle. Indians catcher Roberto Perez followed with a line drive two-run home run over the fence in left-center field.

20. In fact, all four of the Indians runs came via a home run. Designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion and first baseman Carlos Santana each hit a solo shot in the seventh inning.

21. “We weren’t doing anything,” Francona said. “He [Hammel] was going right through us. Fortunately, he got a couple of balls up and we didn’t miss them.”

22. Encarnacion’s homer cleared the fence in left-center field and Santana’s homer was a line drive over the fence in right field.

23. Encarnacion’s homer was his 30th this season. The slugger from the Dominican Republic is the only active player in Major League Baseball that has hit 30 or more homers in each of the past six seasons.

24. “He is such a professional hitter and dangerous,” Francona said. “I know it was frustrating for everybody at the beginning, but you just had to know he was going to get there. It’s fun watching him get there. I still think he has probably a good hot streak in him too. He studies and he is ready and he is so dangerous.”

25. Clevinger (7-5) pitched six shutout innings to get the win. Bryan Shaw, Dan Otero and Cody Allen each worked a scoreless inning to preserve the shutout, the 14th this season for the Indians. Hammel (6-10) retired the first 16 batters he faced, including four by way of strikeout, before Zimmer and Perez came along in the sixth.

26. Clevinger escaped a couple of jams in his six innings on the mound. He tied a career-high with nine strikeouts, walked two and scattered four hits. “Clev was kind of walking that fine line there, but with our defense and his ability to make pitches he ends up putting up zeros,” Francona said.

27. The Royals loaded the bases with two outs in the fourth inning, but Clevinger worked out of the situation when second baseman Jose Ramirez ran down a pop up that Alcides Escobar hit into shallow center field. Melky Cabrera and Hosmer each hit singles in the inning and Mike Moustakas reached base via a walk.

28. “There was a little déjà vu there again,” Zimmer said. “I almost tackled him again there. That was a great play by him. He has done some good things for us.”

29. Clevinger opened the fifth inning by getting Cheslor Cuthbert and Alex Gordon to strikeout, and then allowed a single to Whit Merrifield. Cain followed with the line drive to left-center field that Zimmer leaped and caught with his left hand to retire the side.

30. Clevinger watched Zimmer’s catch and then raised his arms into the air in amazement as he stood with his mouth agape. Clevinger then smiled and clapped his pitching hand and glove hand together.

31. Indians third baseman Giovanny Urshela also flashed the leather twice in the eighth inning to record two outs.

32. Santana grabbed the final out in the ninth inning right up against the Royals dugout on the first base side. The sellout was the Indians ninth of the season, and the most in the regular season for the franchise since 2007.