Here are 11 Walk-Off Thoughts after the Indians' 6-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday.

1. The evolution and molding of Trevor Bauer this season continued on Sunday. Bauer has been searching for answers for the last few weeks, tinkering with his mechanics and changing how he leverages pitches. On Sunday, his newest project — the changeup he worked all winter developing — was left out of his arsenal.

2. Bauer didn't throw the changeup once, according to Baseball Savant, and in his last outing threw it only three times. The changeup was meant to be the weapon that further gave Bauer the type of repertoire that hitters essentially can't prepare for, joining the recently built slider and his ever faithful fastball-curveball combination. But, lately, Bauer has had to abandon it. His mechanics have begun to affect that pitch more-so than others. And, Bauer's scouting report called for more curveballs anyway. So with his mechanics off and the Rays a team Bauer believed would hit it anyway, the changeup was scrapped for a day.

3. “Well, when I can’t like – my delivery’s been off and so I’ve been dumping my torso off towards first and kind of towards home and first at the end and that messes with how the ball comes out of my hand," Bauer said. "So, my ability to locate it with proper spin direction, spin axis has been compromised. Today, their report is it’s a heavy breaking ball lineup. Middle speed pitching to their lefties don’t play nearly as well as they do against other teams. So, I relied heavily on my curveball, my slider and cutter and stuff like that. That’s just a scouting report thing. I think as I start – hopefully my delivery is stabilized now. I made a couple good changes and I executed really well today, overall. You hope that I will be able to execute changeups again soon.”

4. Bauer didn't have the applied results he wanted on Sunday, but he did feel like himself again, which couldn't be said for the last few starts. Bauer out of the gate looked like the AL Cy Young favorite, but those results haven't followed. Sunday's game was a rougher start, but it came with an underlying positive to Bauer.

5. "I thought I pitched really well today. It was just nice to feel like myself physically again," Bauer said. "Nice to be able to move the way I need to move. Feel free with no restrictions and stuff. I’m happy with it. With that part of it. Obviously not happy with the team loss. I thought I threw the ball a lot better. Meadows hit that ball really well in the first. Then I gave up a double off the top of the wall. Those were the only two hard contacts of the game. That game very easily could have looked like seven innings and one run with high strikeouts and low walks. And I think if it looked like that, then we’re having a different conversation. It was a winnable game for us as a team and we just didn’t execute well enough to win it."

6. The Indians have now lost six of their last seven games. They scored four runs or fewer in all seven and three runs or fewer in six of those games. And, during the typing of this, the Twins beat the Chicago White Sox to further their division lead to 10 games. The Indians can't seem to find their footing and now will play the Boston Red Sox, Twins and New York Yankees in the next two weeks.

7. “Well, any time you lose it’s frustrating," Bauer said. "No one wants to come to the ballpark and lose. I can speak for myself and how I feel about my performance. The team is frustrated with losing, obviously. We all want to win. I don’t know. I guess that’s the best way I can answer that question.”

8. Indians manager Terry Francona's takeaway from Sunday wasn't just the pitching or lack of offense. It was the sloppy defense played under sloppy conditions. A few overthrows, an error, a couple miscues. With the Indians unable to find any punch, the self-inflicted errors seem to cause even more damage.

9. “I thought it was a combination of things today that kinda led to the runs," Francona said. "It wasn’t just pitching. They’re a very smart, aggressive base running team and they know that Trevor throws breaking balls in the dirt, so at first they were taking off in breaking ball counts. And second, he didn’t hold the runner. And again, the game was speeding up ‘cause there were some things that weren’t going his way. We’re trying to get Freeman almost holding the guy on and then Plawecki rushes the throw and it goes in the outfield. Early on, we had two overthrows where we’re not keeping double plays in order. Even though they’re really close plays at the plate, all of a sudden its second and third instead of first and second. That doesn’t help.”

10. Oscar Mercado in the eighth hit the first home run of his career, a solo shot that got the Indians on the board for the first time on Sunday. He became the first Indians hitter with multiple multi-hit games within their first nine games since Bradley Zimmer and Yandy Diaz both did it in 2017.

11. "To be honest, the more comfortable I can get, the better," Mercado said. "I'm starting to feel really comfortable in my overall game. But at the same time, my job here is just to help the team win. Hopefully going on this road trip we can string together a few wins and get ourselves into a nice little groove."

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