Twenty-four walk-off thoughts after the Indians rallied from a 5-2 deficit to claim a 7-6 victory over the Detroit Tigers Friday night at Progressive Field.

1. Tyler Naquin had to make a split-second decision. Closer Brad Hand was being hit hard in the ninth inning, giving up a JaCoby Jones double to the right center field gap and an RBI single to Christin Stewart. There were no outs and the Indians were clinging to a one-run lead when Nicholas Castellanos smashed a liner to right field.

2. Activated June 4 after missing 24 days with a left calf strain, Naquin not only had to worry about getting to the ball, but dealing with the lights.

3. “My first instinct is to go catch it, but just being able to play with the lights and going to my right, those lights are always a big issue,” Naquin said. “Just being able to keep it out of the lights and being able to make that split decision at the right time. It was a rush, it happened quick.”

4. Naquin had to change course briefly, but dove and fully extended, catching the ball with his left hand. Then he fired to first baseman Carlos Santana to double up Stewart.

5. “All I saw was Kip (second baseman Jason Kipnis) screaming, yelling — him and (shortstop Francisco) Lindor, and Santana was standing on the bag. So props to those guys,” Naquin said. “And (center fielder Oscar) Mercado’s yelling, ‘One, one, one, one, one.’ And when I looked up, I could just see all those guys telling me and I just did what they told me. That’s part of the teamwork that makes that play happen.”

6. After the double play, Miguel Cabrera popped out to Kipnis to end the game.

7. Everyone in the Indians clubhouse knew what was at stake on Naquin’s play.

8. “It’s like he willed himself, then he had the presence of mind to come up and make a strong, accurate throw. That was an incredible play,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “He’s an easy guy to pull for, especially in that situation. If that ball gets by him, we probably lose.”

9. Starting pitcher Trevor Bauer said he didn’t know what to think when the ball left Castellanos’ bat.

10. “The ball was struck well. The first thought when you see it come off the bat is, ‘Oh, shoot, that’s in the gap,’” Bauer said. “Then the camera angle changes and you see Naquin, he looked like he was going to go cut it off. I don’t know, it just happened so quickly, you don’t really don’t know what to think. That’s a game-changing play, a game-saving play. It’s pretty impressive. It saved everyone today.”

11. Kipnis said he had the best vantage point of anyone on the field for Naquin’s catch.

12. “His first couple of steps I was like ‘Oh, crap, this is a double in the gap again,’” Kipnis said. “He said it went into the lights for a second and once it came out of the lights he realized he could get it. So you could see him re-route and cut back across. If he would have hesitated at all, he wouldn’t have gotten to it. But what a play that was. The throw was a laser. That was awesome.”

13. Hand called the play “a momentum change.”

14. “Off the bat I thought it was gonna get down and he kind of came out of nowhere and made a great play,” Hand said. Hand wasn't overzealous afterward, saying he gave Naquin “a shout-out point.”

15. Francona said Naquin “brings a lot of energy when he plays,” but Naquin hasn’t always been known for stellar defense despite his athleticism. Asked if Naquin’s defensive skills are overlooked, Hand said, “I wouldn’t say (overlooked). But like he makes plays like that and I think people are kind of surprised. You know, he’s got a great arm, too. I mean the throw was right on the money.”

16. The Tigers obviously had a different view, although manager Ron Gardenhire praised Naquin’s play.

17. “It took one of the better catches you’ll see in a long, long time to stop our rally,” Gardenhire said. “It’s good baseball. It’s exciting baseball. We did everything we could, but the guy made a hell of a play and that’s how the game ended.

18. “It was a great play. That’s all we talked about. That kid is an athlete and made a great play.”

19. Stewart said he thought he was scoring when the ball left Castellanos’ bat. Castellanos, understandably grumpy, said, “It took the wind out of our tires, you could say.”

20. Bauer had a rough night, with his four innings his shortest start since Sept. 25 at Chicago. He matched a season-high with 10 hits allowed and fell to 1-4 with a 5.40 ERA in nine home starts.

21. Bauer praised the bullpen, especially Nick Goody, who pitched a scoreless fifth inning after he was lifted. Bauer had opened the inning by giving up four consecutive hits — a home run, two singles and a double.

22. “The job that Goody did getting out of that inning was really impressive, especially coming after the shaky start he had, throwing six straight balls,” Bauer said. “Came back, was on a 3-2 count, threw a really good slider, got a punchout (of Harold Castro), he ended up getting out of it. If that inning explodes, the game’s over.”

23. Bauer also had a good appreciation of what the Indians’ 40th victory of the season required.

24. “We kind of walked a tightrope in a lot of ways today and came out on top. It makes it that much sweeter as a team to win that kind of game,” he said.

Marla Ridenour can be reached at mridenour@thebeaconjournal.com. Read the Indians blog at www.ohio.com/indians. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MRidenourABJ.