Here are 10 Walk-Off Thoughts after the Indians' 10-5 win over the Kansas City Royals Friday night.

1. Just after Shane Bieber's first pitch in Friday night's game, he heard a familiar sound coming from the dugout, one he hadn't heard in several weeks. It was a rendition of the "Ooh whoa, ooh whoa, ooh whoa" part in Justin Bieber's song, "Baby." It wasn't a particularly good rendition of it, but that didn't matter. It was a welcomed sound.

2. It was coming from Carlos Carrasco in the dugout. It's something he often did around Bieber, an overly loud, somewhat sarcastic rallying cry. Carrasco did it again as Bieber spoke with reporters after the game (which, starting with Bieber's promotion to the majors last season, became a regular occurrence). Bieber couldn't but smile knowing his teammate was able to be back around the team again.

3. "I think in the first inning, after my first pitch, he threw one of those ‘Whoaaa whoa.’ I can’t do it like him, so I’m not gonna try. I kind of looked to the dugout and smiled," Bieber said. "It’s awesome. It’s a pleasure just to be around, whether he’s talking smack or not talking smack. He’s one of the best teammates that we’ve ever come cross and that I’ve ever come across, so it’s always nice to have him here."

4. Tyler Naquin over the winter had a mission: he needed to strengthen his lower body to give himself a better base, and he became dedicated to that goal. It was in part to help his swing, but he was mostly tired of missing time with injuries. After a strong rookie campaign, his 2017 and 2018 seasons never really lifted off the ground.

5. Aside from a minor speed bump on the Injured List, 2019 has been a success for Naquin to this point. And in the month of July, he's been scorching hot, hitting .447 with three home runs, six doubles and 11 RBI in 38 at-bats. And a good deal of it can be attributed to a stronger lower half.

6. “Absolutely. I think that’s a big thing," Naquin said. "I had that little hiccup with the hamstring early on and that was just a freak thing. That was just a little tweak. Instead of being out five, six weeks, it was just a couple weeks. And being able to get back, I think that’s the difference with being stronger with it rather than letting it linger on and trying to play through it. Just go ahead terminate that and keep riding.”

7. The Indians' outfield was the biggest question mark heading into the season, and with valid reasoning based on track records. That's still the case as the trade deadline looms, but recent surges from Oscar Mercado and Tyler Naquin, along with Jordan Luplow's ability to hit lefties, has lengthened the Indians' lineup.

8. "They’ve given us a huge lift," Francona said. "I don’t think Naquin’s numbers indicate that he should be hitting ninth. I just want somebody in front of Frankie. And Naquin, he can run and he’s been hitting. I think it’s a really good fit. But both of them have been hanging in there against lefties, and I think it’s helped them against righties."

9. Mercado recently struggled through a 1-for-25 stretch that had the Indians' coaches and his teammates trying to keep his head up. Naquin, for instance, reminded him that he's 24 years old and was still hitting around .290. On Friday night, Naquin watched Mercado spend three hours completely locked in.

10. “Yeah and that’s what’s so special. Merc was 2-for-2 quick," Naquin said. "I mean the game was moving quick; he’s 2-for-2. Just kind of looked at him and said, ‘This is where you lock in. Keep going.’ Third one, stay in there. Four, you don’t need to say anything after that. He’s in his own world. Don’t talk to him, don’t touch him, let ride his night out. For him to go 5-for-5, there’s no higher level of baseball. You go 5-for-5, it’s impressive.”

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