Friday, April 20, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Tim Beckham leads Rays' onslaught with career-high five hits

DENVER — The Rays hitters certainly enjoyed their three days at Coors Field, rapping 35 hits and scoring 25 runs.

Perhaps no one enjoyed it more than INF Tim Beckham, who had a career-high five hits Wednesday.

"It's a pretty good day," Beckham said. "I just want to keep building off that momentum and keep trusting my approach at the plate and not trying to do too much."

Beckham is the ninth Rays player to have five hits in a game, the previous being OF Mikie Mahtook in September. Though Beckham has not gotten much playing time — having totaled just five hits total since June 12 — he found ways to stay sharp, and it showed.

He wasn't the only one to enjoy Coors, as 3B Evan Longoria went 6-for-15 in the three games and ex-Rockies OF Corey Dickerson 6-for-10, raising his average there to .360.

REPLAY DAZE: The Rays were on the wrong end of a long and convoluted replay call in the second inning based on a rule manager Kevin Cash said might be headed toward alteration.

The Rays thought they were out of the inning when RF Steven Souza Jr. caught a fly and made a strong throw home, with the Rockies' Mark Reynolds called out by umpire Paul Emmel.

But after waiting out an awkward and agonizing 6:28 review — longest since the 2014 expansion of replay, pending verification — the Rays saw the call overturned.

More maddening was the explanation: The replay officials determined that C Curt Casali never tagged Reynolds and that Reynolds never touched the plate, which, by replay rule, somehow made him safe. Cash was told the onus was on the Rays to either retag Reynolds or appeal the play before it went to review, but there was no reason for them to do either since the call on the field was an out.

"Unique play," Cash said. "Nobody has quite an understanding of how they came up with that. Even the umpires, to their credit, said that's just the rule, it is what it is. … Obviously when the umpire makes the call out, it's out. Curt Casali is not going to run over and tag the guy just in case. That's not the way you do things."

REHAB REPORT: RHP Alex Cobb (Tommy John surgery), whose rehab assignment was paused due to fatigue and mechanical issues, threw 28 pitches in a bullpen session at the Trop and was said to feel good, with the next step to be determined. … RHP Brad Boxberger (oblique) is scheduled to make his second rehab appearance for the advanced Class A Stone Crabs in Port Charlotte tonight. … OF Desmond Jennings (hamstring) has been doing light running with Charlotte.

ABOUT TUESDAY NIGHT: Longoria had the big blast in a 10-1 win over the Rockies that was delayed two-plus hours at the start by rain, a 462-foot home run that bounced on the concourse and out of Coors Field. But rookie LHP Blake Snell was the big story, allowing one hit over six dazzling innings and striking out nine. Cash praised Snell for the way he used his fastball to set up his off-speed pitches. Snell was most pleased with the effectiveness of his slider, which he reintroduced as a main weapon in place of his curveball, which wouldn't break as well in the altitude. But Snell's friends in the stands had a different highlight: "They said it was worth the two-hour wait to see you attempt to bunt. That's all they were talking about."

MISCELLANY: Fox Sports Sun is not televising tonight's game, but MLB Network plans to pick up the A's broadcast in progress, after the end of the Tigers-White Sox game. … Rays pitchers struck out 15 Wednesday, 31 for the series. … RHP Chris Archer said he enjoyed getting to run the bases, after drawing a walk, and scoring a run. … CF Kevin Kiermaier got the day off after playing five straight following his return from an eight-week DL stint. … OF Brandon Guyer was hit by a pitch for the MLB-most 22nd time.

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