Here are nine Walk-Off Thoughts after the Indians' 4-2 win over the Detroit Tigers Wednesday night.

1. Aaron Civale is the soft-spoken rookie within an Indians starting rotation that has been banged up and shifted all season, but one that has continued to perform nonetheless. Shane Bieber has emerged as one of the most valuable assets in the game. Mike Clevinger, when healthy, has continued his breakout that began last year. Zach Plesac has had a solid rookie showing thus far. Adam Plutko, at times, has proven to be a solid piece. And Civale, in six starts — small sample alert — has extended that trend of strong showings.

2. Civale in those six outings, including Wednesday night's win in Detroit, has been a model of consistency. He's thrown at least 5 2/3 innings in each start. He hasn't allowed more than two earned runs in any outing. He's walked no more than two batters on any given night. All together, he's posted a 1.96 ERA with a 2.50 FIP and 30 strikeouts in 36 2/3 innings. And he's one out away in New York from being 6-for-6 in quality starts. It's not a bad way to begin a career at the major-league level for a rookie who turned 24 in June.

3. "I like him, he pitches quick games," said Jason Kipnis. "He throws a lot of strikes. It’s fun to watch because it’s literally around the zone and moving a lot. You don’t see too many barrels on him. For such a young age and not many starts under his belt, he has a lot of composure, he doesn’t really get too rattled and just does a lot of things right.”

4. That composure has allowed manager Terry Francona and pitching coach Carl Willis to stay in the dugout rather than checking on their rookie, as evidenced in the sixth inning Wednesday night. Clinging to a 2-1 lead, the Tigers' John Hicks singled and Victor Reyes doubled to open the inning, putting the potential tying and go-ahead runs in scoring position. It led to, at the time, the most crucial point of the game, but Francona and Willis stayed put.

5. Civale struck out Gordon Beckham for the first out. Willi Castro was able to muscle a ball far enough to score Hicks on a sacrifice fly to tie it, but Civale then retired Ronny Rodriguez to escape the inning still tied.

6. "His heartbeat isn’t going any faster," said Indians manager Terry Francona. "The game isn’t going too fast. We just want to stay out of the way. Let him do his job. He prepares really well. He’s really knowledgeable. He listens to Carl. He follows Roberto. Just stay out of the way sometimes."

7. "[It just gives me] confidence, maybe, to go out there and do my thing, trust in Berto, trust in the situation of the game," Civale said of the Indians not going to a mound visit there. "Just keep attacking and trying to minimize."

8. Indians replay coordinator Mike Barnett recently had an eye procedure, one that Francona had some fun with after Tuesday's game, in which the Indians lost a challenge. “We got Barney on replay and he’s got one eye," Francona joked Tuesday night. "I mean I don’t know. Somebody told me mid-game that the Cole Eye Institute called and they didn’t take credit for Barney’s surgery.” On Wednesday, Barnett had a much better night. The Indians won two challenges, one of which led to a run in the sixth. And Francona relayed some warranted praise.

9. "You know what? He rallied," Francona said Wednesday. "Those were obviously two pretty big calls. We mess with him a lot. He does a great job. We wouldn’t mess with him if he didn’t, but that’s not an easy job. He’s catching hell from [bench coach Brad Mills], me, everybody, and he’s right on it. That was good for him."

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