Here are 15 Walk-Off Thoughts on the Indians’ 9-6 win against the Chicago White Sox.

1. Not every win has to be a grueling 14-inning affair that requires a wild five-run rally in the bottom of the ninth and another answer to tie it in the 13th and then a walk-off homer from an unexpected source—it’s a handful just to type. Sometimes, the opposition might leave the door open a bit longer, allowing teams to capitalize. Or, it’s just what might be expected when back-to-back series include the Astros and then the White Sox, arguably the teams slotted No. 1 and No. 30 in baseball in the power rankings.

2. The White Sox held the door open long enough for the Indians that it turned into one of those awkward situations where one person holds the door for someone behind them, which is nice, but they were still kind of far away and it sort of forces the second person to speed walk or do that two-step jog, and then it’s weird because it’s one of those in-between moments. Anyway, the White Sox gave the Indians every chance to capitalize, and they did.

3. In a fifth inning that should have had Yakety Sax playing through its duration, the White Sox committed three errors and then had a ball pop out of Daniel Palka’s glove on a sliding attempt that would have ended the inning with the White Sox leading 5-2. Instead, three runs scored, including Michael Brantley from first, on a ball hit into shallow right field.

4. About as much as a third base coach can have a great week, Mike Sarbaugh is having one. He sent Jason Kipnis home—he started on first—on a ball hit to right field in Sunday’s win. The Astros were in an aggressive shift, and George Springer’s throw wasn’t properly cut off. It was an aggressive send, and it worked. Again, on Monday, Sarbaugh was waving Brantley home the entire way.

5. Said Indians manager Terry Francona: “Again, Sarby did a great job. He was so vocal and so animated that he got their attention. Not that they don’t run. But getting that last run was huge. Then we tacked on. Like we talked about before, the guys in the bullpen that knew they were going to pitch, they knew they were going to pitch. They held it together.”

6. On the aggressive base running, Yonder Alonso added: “That's huge, man. Especially with two outs like that. The guys were running hard. Guys are playing hard. They're giving everything they've got. It says a lot about the guys that we have in here. A lot of guys that don't give up. A lot of guys that are busting it every single day and that's special. It's special to see every single day, especially after, obviously, what we've had this whole week. It's a lot of fun. Exciting times.”

7. The third start for Adam Plutko wasn’t nearly as smooth as the first two. He was tagged for five earned runs, including two home runs, in the first four innings. Plutko had terrific command as he warmed up but lost it once they counted, and an aggressive White Sox lineup jumped on him. Though, what Francona liked about his outing was that he pitched a clean fifth to at least lessen the burden on the bullpen.

8. Said Francona: “He didn’t command. And Carl said coming out of the bullpen he had commanded so well warming up. And from the first hitter, it was a real struggle. I thought it was big that he went back out in the fifth and got them out, because we’re looking at innings at that point. You obviously want to win the game, but we’re thinking, “We’ve got to finish this thing.” Knowing how things go, you’re thinking about extra innings.”

9. Added Plutko on his command, which he said made it feel like he was always behind 2-0: “Yeah, absolutely, especially early. I think in the fifth inning I kind of found something a little bit. I didn’t put together enough good, quality innings to what I feel like really give my team a chance to win a ballgame and granted, they picked me up and did a phenomenal job in every facet of the game. I feel lucky today.”

10. That bullpen put together a much-needed solid performance. It’s reached the point that it feels odd if an Indians lead doesn’t end with some kind of a bizarre ending that requires three paragraphs of historical context to put it all into perspective. Tyler Olson, Evan Marshall, Neil Ramirez and Ben Taylor combined to allow one run over four innings. Taylor was hit around, enough that Josh Tomlin had to get up in the bullpen. But, it was mostly smooth sailing, and the Indians were able to stay away from Cody Allen, Dan Otero and Zach McAllister. For once, it all went to plan.

11. Said Francona: “Always looking for positives. That’s what we’re here for. The guys that were down, they were going to be down anyway. But it’s nice to have a day where they don’t pick up a baseball and hopefully get a little bit more back in line where you feel like you can cover a game normally.”

12. Francona said after the game that the Indians will be promoting prospect Shane Bieber to make a spot start in Thursday’s game against the Minnesota Twins, meaning he’ll be making his major-league on his 23rd birthday.

13. Bieber has been nearly unhittable in the minors this season, posting a 1.16 ERA with the RubberDucks in 13 innings and a 1.05 ERA in 34 1/3 innings in Triple-A Columbus. The Indians wanted to give Trevor Bauer an extra day of rest after he threw 127 pitches in Sunday’s 10-9 win against the Houston Astros.

14. Bieber has caught the attention of more than just those in Akron or Columbus, his elite control—he’s walked three hitters in 65 1/3 innings—being one of the reasons he might be one of those cases where a prospect gets so hot he forces the club’s hand. Now, the intention is that this is only a spot start, and he still has fewer than 40 innings pitched above Double-A. But Bieber could be sent up I-71 again should Plutko and/or Tomlin struggle. And, of course, throwing seven no-hit innings in his last outing doesn’t hurt, either.

15. Said Francona: “I think Chris [Antonetti] was afraid to bring him over in spring training because he knew we were going to want to latch on to him. By all accounts he is in the mold of Kluber. By routines and work ethic and poise. There’s just so many things to like. He’s not the finished product. He throws a ton of strikes. There’s so many good things. But he’s still developing. Which is OK. It’ll be real fun.”