Here are 11 Walk-Off Thoughts after the Indiansí 5-4 loss to the Seattle Mariners Thursday night.

1. When Andrew Miller left the game Wednesday night, clutching at his left hamstring, so too did the security blanket the Indians normally get to enjoy in any tight game around the seventh or eighth innings. Miller was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Thursday. And of course, Thursday nightís game script exposed the loss of the tall lefty with the military-grade slider.

2. The Indians and Mariners entered the eighth tied 4-4. With the heart of the Marinersí order due up in a tied game, that inning would normally fall under Millerís jurisdiction. With him out, the Indians attempted to piece the eighth together. Dan Otero finished his outing by inducing Jean Segura into a groundout. Jeff Beliveau, added to the 40-man roster and promoted to the major leagues on Thursday to replace Miller, struck out Robinson Cano looking. Thatís when the Indians turned to Nick Goody, and things went south. Nelson Cuz doubled to center and Kyle Seager doubled off the top of the left-field wall, and the Mariners took a 5-4 lead.

3. Goody threw a 2-2 slider to Cruz low in the zone. He didnít hang it, but it also didnít get quite as low as it needed to be. Said Indians manager Terry Francona: ďOtero came int and did a great job. Beliveau came in and got Cano, which was good. And then Nick, the pitch to Cruz wasnít a bad pitch he was just trying to get it down and out of the zone and it didn'tí get out of the zone, and then he left a ball up to Seager.Ē



4. There isnít much cause to overly dissect one outing, or become too concerned with the fact that Miller could only be out for 10 days. But, this short period of time could also serve as a larger snapshot for what life could be like for the Indians without Miller (and, possibly, Cody Allen) after the 2018 season.

5. It also illustrates why, while the Indians stand a good chance of remaining a World Series contender through at least 2020, there still is a sense of urgency to this season due to some potential free agent losses. Primarily, that means in the bullpen, which has been among baseballís elite since the 2016 trade deadline.

6. The recent free-agent market, even as dozens of players were unexpectedly left without deals, watched as pitchers like Bryan Shaw and Tommy Hunter earned Andrew Miller money. Once Miller hits free agency this time around, heís likely to see a significant increase. That goes for Allen as well, if the Indians cant lock either up. This Miller disabled list appearance is likely to not last long. But itís also another reminder that life in the Indians bullpen as they know it might only have this season left.

7. Two hundred innings. That was what Mike Clevinger had set as a goal this winter. That plateau is also something he mentioned about a week ago. He wants to stick in the starting rotation. He wants to carry his own weight, which isnít the easiest task when following Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco and Trevor Bauer. And he wants to last deeper into games.

8. Thatís easier to do when heís at the top of his game, as he was in his recent shutout in Baltimore. Thursday nightís start against the Mariners wasnít as smooth. Clevinger was tagged for a three-run inning and four runs in the first four innings. The Indians responded by starting the engines on their bullpen, preparing for a long night. From that point, Clevinger nearly gave up a home run, but he managed to toss two scoreless innings. It not only bought the Indians offense some time to erase the deficit, it also eased the burden on the bullpen.

9. Being able to grind through a start in which either a pitcher doesnít have his best stuff or is simply knocked around is a trait that former Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway used to look for as Carrasco and Danny Salazar were each trying to find sustained success. That was what Clevinger was able to do, at least to an extent, on Thursday night.

10. Said Francona: ďAnd thatís part of why tend to at least try to give the starter a chance not to just get such a quick hook because that happens and then all of a sudden, not only do you burn out your pen but you give yourself a better chance to win.Ē

11. Clevinger has had three terrific starts and two that werenít as sharp. His season ERA is now at 2.56 and heís been a boon for an already top-of-the-line Indians rotation. Though, heís rarely satisfied. Said Clevinger: ďI just feel like it was baseball. I felt like I had good stuff. I was missing my location a little bit more than usual today, but it happens to everybody. I feel like I had it the whole way. I just had a hiccup in that inning and the Dee Gordon triple on a changeup out of the zone, it carried a lot further than I expected it to. I just needed to retain my focus right there and get back to it.Ē