Here are 10 Walk-Off Thoughts after the Indians' 7-2 loss to the Cincinnati Reds Wednesday afternoon.

1. Zach Plesac had his first less-than-stellar outing with the Indians on Wednesday. Part of it might have been due to some residual effects from his last start, a 111-pitch gem against the New York Yankees in what was his first career win at the major-league level. Plesac didn't feel as sharp with his slider on Wednesday and he left a couple changeups right over the middle of the plate. He gave up three home runs, including homers to the first two batters he faced. From the get-go, Plesac wasn't as sharp.

2. "I felt good. I was just getting around some sliders a little bit," Plesac said. "That might be why he could think that. Ya know, that’s what kinda happens when you get tired, you kinda pull off some pitches and spin them and they don’t do the action you want them to do. Today, I had a problem doing that, just pulling off some of those sliders that I left in the zone and when I did that, they made damage to them.”

3. Nick Senzel led off the game with a solo home run to left field on a two-strike slider. The location wasn't terrible, but it was one Senzel could handle. Joey Votto followed by working a full count and Plesac, not wanting to walk him, tossed a changeup over the middle that Votto drilled over the wall in right field. Plesac's main goal was to avoid the walk, but Votto crushed a mistake that might have gone otherwise unchecked in the minors. Later on, it was a similar story. Jose Peraza drove in a run with a double on a slider up in the zone, and Eugenio Suarez later drilled a home run on another changeup left over the middle.

4. “Yeah, that’s the first time it’s ever happened," Plesac said, speaking of the back-to-back home runs to start a game. "You know, it’s just, ‘Get back to it and lock back in.‘ I battled a full count the next hitter and had to throw, execute a pitch in the zone. I didn’t want to walk him and he was ready and turned on it and got it over the fence. It was a good at-bat. He came ready to swing and then I locked back in after that at-bat.”

5. Plesac went on to retire the next 13 batters he faced, settling down enough to give the lineup some time to respond — though, it never came. As Plesac noted, every outing is still a learning experience at this point in his young career. And the Indians hope a lighter workload might pay dividends after a more taxiing outing last week.

6. "We’ve already known in the short time we’ve seen him that he’s going to fight," said Indians manager Terry Francona. "He’s going to battle. I thought maybe his last start took a little out of him. He had never been out to 110 before under major league circumstances. We tried to take that into account and get him out at like 80-something. And I think he’s got an extra day just to bounce back a little bit. But I don’t think anybody’s going to question his toughness or his competitiveness. He just made some mistakes in the zone today. And he’s still really young. His fastball just plays up more than what the gun says because it’s got some life to it, so he gets away with some of them, also."

7. This is for the real baseball nerds, but Francona noted a rule he isn't a fan of on Wednesday. Jake Bauers in the fourth inning tapped the ball to the left side of the infield. It was fielded by Anthony DeSclafani, who threw to first. Bauers appeared to be safe but was then called out for interfering in the base line, as he was running inside the line. It was the correct call. Francona just isn't a fan of the rule, as there are times in which a runner starts his line on the inside part of the bag.

8. "As you get to the bag, you’re allowed to come back to touch the bag, but he was there the whole way," Francona said. "The umpire got the call right. I think it’s a bad rule. If a guy gets picked off first, and he’s going to second, we teach them to get in the way of the throw. So, if a guy is out front on his swing, like Jake was, his line is inside. I’m not getting on the umpires. The call was right. I just think it goes against the rest of our base running, and I’ve never understood it. ... They say once you get to first you establish your own baseline. I think that should be the way at the plate. Because, again, some guys hit deep in the box. Some guys hit up front. If you get out on your front foot as a right-handed hitter, I just think that that would be more consistent in the way we do things."

9. The Indians thought they might be in for a more productive day, especially after the first inning. Oscar Mercado and Carlos Santana were both retired, but both drilled balls to the outfield. That, plus DeSclafani's struggles against lefties — entering Wednesday, left-handed hitters had posted an OPS of 1.015 — which should play into the Indians' strengths. But it wasn't enough to lead the Indians to good fortune. This homestand featured a better offensive showing, but it doesn't mean the Indians' offensive issues have exited the building.

10. "Coming in I was kind of excited because he was really struggling against lefties, but he didn’t," Francona said. "First inning we squared up a couple and Santana hit the ball to center and somebody else hit a line drive somewhere. I think Oscar hit a line drive to left. And then he got settled in and just started changing speeds and we had a tough time."

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