Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Rays 6-4 Friday loss to Red Sox

On missing Blake Snell, hearing some life at the Trop, seeing Robertsonís confidence rise.
Rays opener Ryne Stanek brings it during the first inning against the Red Sox on Friday, April 19, 2019, at the Trop. [CHRIS O'MEARA   |   Associated Press]
Rays opener Ryne Stanek brings it during the first inning against the Red Sox on Friday, April 19, 2019, at the Trop. [CHRIS O'MEARA | Associated Press]
Published April 19
Updated April 19

• Blake Snell was supposed to start Friday until his unfortunate and painful bathroom break on Sunday. While the Rays’ staff covered the innings for him well, it also was a reminder of how much better position the Rays could have been in had he not broken a toe.

• It was nice to see and hear some life at Tropicana Field after three quiet and somewhat empty nights. The paid attendance was announced at 21,343, and it seemed pretty close — impressive given the weather — and somewhat evenly split between red and blue states.

• The Rays showed a lot of confidence in Daniel Robertson — his 0-for-21 stretched back more than a week — by letting him swing away with two on and no out in the sixth. And he rewarded them, and resurrected himself, by coming through with a two-run double that briefly tied the score.


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