Here are 13 Walk-Off Thoughts after the Indians' 3-2, walk-off win over the Kansas City Royals Monday night (well, Tuesday morning).

1. It was a few weeks ago that Jason Kipnis thought he had found something. It was actually the day he was pulled over on the way to the stadium for driving too fast. He was, as it turned out, a bit too excited to get to the park that day. Rather than give him a ticket, the officer, according to Kipnis, took the opportunity to roast him instead, making a joke about hitting .100 before driving 100.

2. Kipnis had said around that time he felt he had discovered something with his swing that might fuel a turnaround. Alas, his struggles continued. But last weekend in Detroit, Kipnis again told reporters he felt he had found something: an adjustment with his hands. And this time, at least for the last nine games, it's stuck.

3. Kipnis over that span is 16-for-34 (.470) with four home runs, 14 RBI, eight runs scored and four walks. Roughly half of his season-long production has come within the last week and a half, all bundled up into one torrid stretch in which he's been one of the hottest hitters in baseball, a Phoenix-like resurrection within his 2019 season.

4. It all starts, as he says, with his hands. Everything else follows. Perhaps it disappears tomorrow, but Kipnis found what he's been looking for in the cage.

5. "There are certain checkpoints that I kind of go [for] when I'm in the cage," Kipnis said. "I have them written down, that it's something I want to feel whether it's a T-drill or a flip drill, I have different checkpoints I need to cross off before I get out of the cage. I get out of there, going out of the cage, feeling good. With the hands in the right position, it really does, everything kind of falls into line with my body, my weight balance and zone awareness I guess."

6. "Sometimes a guy will get the feel and it’s – like with Kip, I think it’s his hands," said manager Terry Francona. "Sometimes he feels like his hands are kind of like underwater. That’s not what he says. But he has such good hitter’s hands and when he feels good he gets pretty dangerous.”

7. Jose Ramirez is still mired in a horrendous season-long slump that even dates to last August. The Indians are still waiting for a resurgence from his bat like the one Kipnis is going through right now. Monday night, at least, Ramirez hit two doubles, drove in a run and scored from first on Bobby Bradley's RBI double. On nights in which both Kipnis and Ramirez find some success, the Indians' lineup is effectively transformed and resembles something much closer to what the club had envisioned (or, at least, hoped for) this season. Add in Bradley and a wealth of potential in the No. 7 hole and Roberto Perez's uptick in offensive production, and one of the league's slowest offenses has the potential to be a much lengthier lineup that what the Indians have shown thus far. Though, it's also asking a lot of things to go right at the same time.

8. "I think you could start to see us play a better brand of baseball," Kipnis said. "We tell you the season's long and it's as cliche as it gets, but it's because it's a really long season. You know guys' numbers are going to trace back to the norm. Guys who got off to slow starts, you knew they were going to start picking it up a little bit, especially if it all happens at the same time, kind of like it is right now with me and Jose a little bit. I thought Berto and Frankie kind of carried us earlier and now our lineup is lengthening, it's getting tougher, we're creating runs in different ways and I think if you add that to the pitching that's aways been there and the bullpen, it's a good recipe for wins."

9. But, Kipnis' walk-off home run to right field wasn't the play of that night. That came later, when he spun his way out of the path of a bucket of water thrown by Francisco Lindor just before Kipnis reached the plate. Kipnis was able to avoid the bath there, though, he and Fox Sports' Andre Knott were later drenched anyway.

10. "Once I saw Frankie with the thing," Kipnis said when asked when he decided to try to spin his way out of it. "Anyone else, I probably would have let it go. But because it was Frankie, I decided to spin move him. Hit the B button on him."

11. The extended rain delay effectively pushed the Indians' bullpen into a diet version of a bullpen day. Adam Plutko worked an effective and efficient four innings and was likely headed for a longer outing until the tarp was needed. A.J. Cole, Tyler Olson, Tyler Clippard, Nick Wittgren and Brad Hand combined to cover the final five innings, the only blip being a run on Wittgren in the eighth via a sliced double down the left-field line.

12. “We asked a lot of them," Francona said. "First of all, we had three guys that were down. We have a lot of guys down there, but Goody, Cimber, I’m missing somebody. Somebody else. We were short. So we ended up…it was like an internal fight with myself. We had gotten Oliver up in the eighth and then when they ran Gore, I told Carl, ‘Sit Oliver down. We’re gonna let Wittgren pitch.’ He didn’t get out of it. Then we come up and look like we have a really good chance to score."

13. Jake Bauers went down prior to the game with an apparent leg/ankle injury. He was laying in the outfield for a few moments before being helped up. Bauers was later scratched from the game. Said Francona afterward: “He, kind of like the rest of us, is day-to-day. I don’t know if he’ll play [Tuesday]. If he can play [Tuesday], he will. I think we all thought it was really bad when it happened. He was laying out there. He’s gonna be OK.”

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