CLEVELAND: Ever since Indians All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor found his stride a couple of weeks after his major-league debut in 2015, he hasn’t experienced a slump quite like this.

Lindor began this season hot at the plate in April but has since cooled. His OPS by month: 1.018 in April, .763 in May, .600 in June, .625 in July. He hit just .214 in June and, even after a three-hit night on Wednesday, is at .227 in July.

It isn’t just the offense, though. Lindor’s also had a couple of balls bounce off his glove recently, as well as an uncharacteristic mental mistake Tuesday that helped lead to the San Diego Padres’ only run in a 1-0 loss.

It’s all come as the Indians have struggled to consistently score runs. In Wednesday’s loss to the Padres, the Indians collected 14 hits but scored only two runs. It was the first time the Indians had that many hits with fewer than three runs scored in a nine-inning game since Aug. 7, 1949. That game was against the St. Louis Browns.

“It’s tough. It’s tough,” Lindor said. “I guarantee we’re trying. That might be why we’re not scoring. We might be trying a little too hard. It’s just our pitching staff is doing their job and all us hitters are not doing it. I’m not doing my job on the defensive side and I’m not doing it on the offensive side either. We’re going to try to turn it around. We’re still in first place, but we’re not satisfied with how we’re doing right now.”

Perhaps the Indians are pressing at the plate, something that often comes up when an offense is mired in an extended slump.

“Maybe some guys possibly could be putting a little pressure on themselves or they want to be the one to break out of it and start getting those hits with runners in scoring position,” said bench coach Brad Mills, who has been acting as manager with Terry Francona undergoing further tests at the Cleveland Clinic. “And so they kind of expand the zone, I think we saw that a little bit [Wednesday night], expanding the zone a little bit.”

Lindor’s take? They just need to get the ball rolling. Nobody knows a surefire way to break out of a slump — including using Jason Giambi’s famed gold undergarment. Lindor’s hope is that they’re one game away from breaking through.

“All you gotta have is a little success,” Lindor said. “When you have a little bit of success, it gives you that confidence where you just trust yourself. Whether it’s a broken-bat single or a rollover to second base and the guy scores, that makes you feel a little better. We’re just going through that point in the season where guys are struggling, I’m struggling. We’ve got to continue to compete, continue to work as hard as we can and back each other up no matter what. We’ll be fine, trust me on that.”

Ryan Lewis can be reached at rlewis@thebeaconjournal.com. Read the Indians blog at www.ohio.com/indians. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/RyanLewisABJ.