Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Rays’ 4-3 Tuesday loss to A’s

On a crafty theft of home, Zunino’s hustle down the other line, and a smaller crowd on a $5 ticket night.
Willy Adames (1) celebrates in the dugout after he steals home during a double steal with the Rays' Kevin Kiermaier (39) taking second base as the Rays go up 2-0 during fourth-inning action on Tuesday. (DIRK SHADD | Times)
Willy Adames (1) celebrates in the dugout after he steals home during a double steal with the Rays' Kevin Kiermaier (39) taking second base as the Rays go up 2-0 during fourth-inning action on Tuesday. (DIRK SHADD | Times)
Published June 12

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Rays’ 4-3 Tuesday loss to A’s:

* The Rays have had their issues on the bases, including getting thrown out for the cycle in Saturday’s doubleheader. But Tuesday they looked swift in pulling off a double steal to swipe a run as Willy Adames broke for home after Kevin Kiermaier headed to second. It was their second of the season.

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* Depending on how the Rays are positioned defensively, catcher Mike Zunino sometimes has the best shot on a foul ball down the third-base line, though it would take some hustle. After a couple of near misses, he said he was going to get one, and he did on Tuesday, making the catch near the coach’s box.

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* When the Rays drew a lively 16,091 Monday, there was chatter about how fans responded to the flash sale of 5,000 tickets for $5 each held last week. But that crowd included several thousand military, first responders and teachers on free tickets. Tuesday’s second game with the $5 tickets drew just 11,132.

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