Here are 19 Walk-Off Thoughts after the Indians’ 10-9 walk-off win against the Houston Astros in 14 innings.

1. Jose Ramirez’s mom, Xiomara, added two items to his to-do list when the two spoke on the phone prior to Sunday’s game. It was Mother’s Day in the Dominican Republic, after all, and it was the least he could do. “She said to me this morning, ‘My son, hit a home run for me and win the game,” Ramirez said.

2. He delivered on her first request on the first pitch he saw, drilling it for a two-run home run in the first inning. But as he stepped to the plate in the ninth, it was looking like he might fall short on the latter, the Indians trailing 8-3 after another disastrous day for the bullpen.

3. Well, if mom asked for a win, she’s going to get a win. Ramirez worked the count and then battled Astros reliever Ken Giles. For 17 pitches, he refused to go down, and eventually ripped a double off the right-field wall. It was still, in that moment, far too little, the Indians needing a furious rally to answer the Astros’ six-run eighth. But, it was enough to ignite one of the better rallies in recent memory at Progressive Field.

4. Said Ramirez through a team translator: “When I first started the at-bat, I was just trying to put the ball in play. And when we started to compete and we started to compete. Thank God, I was able to put the ball in play. The most important thing is we won at the end of the day.”



5. Added Indians manager Terry Francona: “There are so many things that go into that. But without that, that was an incredible at-bat. It changed the whole inning because they ended up having to go to the bullpen just because of the pitch count. There was a lot of things that happened that were incredible, or we don’t win.”

6. There are three position players in baseball who have amassed at least 3.0 WAR this season. One is Mike Trout, the best player on the planet. One is Mookie Betts, who has seemingly been unconscious at the plate. The third is Ramirez, who right now would likely be an MVP finalist yet again, and he’s continued to establish himself as one of the best hitters in all of baseball despite not getting the same recognition for it. Not to mention, the somewhat aggressive, long-term deal he signed with the Indians remains as one of the better-looking bargains in the league.

7. Ramirez is third in baseball in WAR (3.6), 6th in wRC+, fifth in wOBA (.418) and sixth in OPS (.995) and on and on. He just keeps hitting, and nearly every day.

8. Said Trevor Bauer: “Would you have guessed this since his first couple months in the big leagues? What do you say about a guy— I don’t know. He doesn’t strike out, he hits homers, he hits for average, he hits doubles, he runs, he steals, plays great defense. The guy’s a great baseball player. It’s fun to watch. I hope I get to face him one day so I can punch him out. I joke with him a lot of times about that. Yeah, I don’t know what else you can really say about the guy other than he says it all on the field.”

9. Added Yonder Alonso: ”I think that at-bat right there was this whole game. You know, a long at-bat, long game, never giving up — we never gave up. Executing at the right time, and obviously, hitting a bullet and getting on base, starting that inning off. It says a lot about Jose, but the rest of the team and how we don't give up, and we don't settle and we don't want to make the last out."

10. The Indians have been a team stuck in the mud for roughly two months now. They’ve remained around .500 and atop the American League Central, but they’ve been a far cry from the levels they found the last two seasons which eventually resulted in a run to the World Series in 2016 and the longest winning streak in American League history in 2017.

11. Sunday’s game only counts for one, and the Indians have a ton to still figure out, namely in the bullpen. But to survive a back-breaking, six-run meltdown in the eighth inning and pull off a wild five-run rally in the ninth to tie it, only to again trail in the 13th, then to tie it *again* and finally win it in the 14th? Their hope is that this win has more of a lasting impact within the clubhouse for a team needing a breath of fresh air. It marked the first time they entered the ninth trailing by five-or-more runs and came back to win since May 25, 2009, when they overcome a six-run deficit to beat the Tampa Bay Rays.

12. Said Francona: “This is one of those games you hope gives your team some personality. I know our bullpen wasn’t perfect, but we found a way to win and those are the types of wins that I think really propel your team down the road.

13. Said Greg Allen: "It’s a long season. You try to manage the ups and downs as they come. But, finding a way to battle back in this game... Trev threw an incredible ballgame. To be able to find a way to get some runs late when our backs were up against the wall, I think it's huge just for the morale of the team, both pitchers and hitters. Hopefully, we can build off that. Tomorrow starts another day. We've got a new team coming in and we know that's kind of where our attention turns to now, is just trying too make the most of that. So, you just take one pitch, one game at a time and hopefully keep things going on the right foot.”

14. A five-run rally in the ninth and a 14-inning win might be enough to mask another bullpen meltdown for a day, but the Indians have a five-arm emergency on their hands. Bauer left the game with a 3-2 lead and two runners on. Now, entering that situation against the heart of the Astros’ lineup is something that no reliever in baseball would wish their worst enemy. It didn’t take long for the Astros to beat up Evan Marshall and then Ben Taylor. One pitch, and it was tied. Three pitches, and the Astros led. Then Evan Gattis nearly sent a ball into orbit, and it’s 8-3 in a heartbeat.

15. Francona said that had second base been open, the Indians would have left Bauer on the mound after walking Altuve. But, he yanked a slider to walk Alex Bregman, and the call was made. But if there was a redeeming quality to the bullpen on Sunday, it was that Josh Tomlin, Cody Allen, Zach McAllister and Dan Otero were able to limit the Astros to one run over six innings following the six-run eighth. The relievers in the bullpen know they have something to prove right now.

16. Said McAllister: “Anytime guys are able to get a little bit of extra work and do that, but yeah, I think for me it’s definitely a mentality. I was happy with my stuff early on in the season, obviously wasn’t getting results and put myself in a whole, but mentality for me is my biggest thing. Being aggressive and the confidence in myself and in my pitches and what I want to do. I think that’s all of us down there. I think that goes for everyone in the bullpen. If we’re confident, we’re going to throw and believe in it. We’re going to have that mentality that we’re better than other people, and I think that’s what we have to have is that chip on your shoulder.”

17. The Bauer-Gerrit Cole matchup lived up to its billing. Both came through with strong outings, both pitching at least seven innings. Cole struck out eight and gave up three runs. Bauer struck out 13, exited with a 3-2 lead but was ultimately tagged for four earned runs due to the inherited runs coming in within three pitches of his departure. It’s something that those on the outside probably focus on even more than those in it, but with both trading punches and Bauer eventually throwing 127 pitches and coming within one of his career-high mark for strikeouts in a game, it was fun to watch.

18. Bauer: “Yeah it was great. I had a ton of fun today. It was kind of like old times in the sense that at school he would pitch Friday and then I would go and try to one-up him. Today, it was just, he would pitch one inning and then I would pitch an inning and then back and forth—I don’t want to speak for him obviously—trying to one-up each other. And, ultimately, I think it turned out the best way possible. I don’t think he deserved to lose. I don’t think I deserved to lose. We both pitched great. Both were super competitive. Just a fun matchup for everybody involved.”

19. Added Francona: “I thought Trevor pitched his heart out. It was actually, if you’re a fan, that’s a fun game to watch, because those are two guys really getting after it pitching. And they kind of mirrored each other almost. If we’d have had an open base, we were going to walk Altuve and let Trevor pitch. But when it was first and second, golly, man, it just didn’t seem fair to ask him to do that.”