Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Rays’ 6-5 loss to Red Sox

On a franchise-record four triples making for a rare sight; outfield rail issues at Trop; a “taxed” bullpen.
Rays starter Charlie Morton pitchers during the first inning against the Red Sox at Tropicana Field on Saturday, April 20, 2019. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]
Rays starter Charlie Morton pitchers during the first inning against the Red Sox at Tropicana Field on Saturday, April 20, 2019. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]
Published April 20
Updated April 20

• As we like to say in the press box, you never know what you might see during a game. On Saturday it was the Rays hitting a franchise-record four triples. Odder, they got them in pairs: Ji-Man Choi and Brandon Lowe in the fourth, and Kevin Kiermaier and Austin Meadows in the seventh. Also, the Rays became the first team to hit four triples in a game and lose since the 1998 Royals.

• Since they will be at the Trop at least a few more years, the Rays need to consider adjusting the railing atop the outfield fence. Fans reaching over it — as one might have done but was ruled not to have on Andrew Benintendi’s grand slam — becomes an issue. Not a good situation, and one that happens a couple times a season.

• There was going to be a bill for the Rays using an opener, then multi-inning relievers for three straight games, and it came due Saturday when manager Kevin Cash pronounced his bullpen “taxed” as the team made its third move of the week, calling up a fresh arm in Jake Faria. And there may be a fourth on Sunday.

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