Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Rays’ 6-2 Monday win over A’s

On Ji-Man Choiís well-timed hot streak, Colin Pocheís strong impression, two tired teams.
DIRK SHADD   |   TimesTampa Bay Rays first baseman Ji-Man Choi (26) celebrates the catch made by Rays left fielder Tommy Pham (29) after he made a leaping catch at the wall on a ball hit by Oakland Athletics third baseman Matt Chapman (26) to end the fifth inning at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg on Monday, June 10, 2019.
DIRK SHADD | TimesTampa Bay Rays first baseman Ji-Man Choi (26) celebrates the catch made by Rays left fielder Tommy Pham (29) after he made a leaping catch at the wall on a ball hit by Oakland Athletics third baseman Matt Chapman (26) to end the fifth inning at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg on Monday, June 10, 2019.
Published June 11

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Rays’ 6-2 Monday win over A’s:

* Ji-Man Choi is heating up at a good time. With teams more willing to call up prospects in June due to fewer financial implications, Choi needs to do everything he can to keep the Rays from thinking about promoting Nate Lowe to take his job. Rapping multiple hits in his last five starts, and hitting four homers in 15 games helps.

* Colin Poche is doing pretty well in his second chance at make a good first impression. After a disappointing spring and a rough start at Triple-A, he joined the Rays Saturday with a solid debut and dazzled a 1-2-3 two-strikeout eighth before a walk in the ninth. Still 34 of his first 42 pitches were strikes.

* There wasn’t a lot of energy on the field Monday, both teams understandably tired after four-games-in-three-days weekends and travel, especially the A’s, who were delayed getting into town until 4 am. That was a factor in all those early zeroes on both sides. The crowd of 16,091 helped.


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