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Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Rays’ 9-6 loss to Orioles

On Alvarado’s ongoing issues, the clear benefit of $2 tickets, a fun night for a 13-year-old homer-catching fan.
Rays relief pitcher Jose Alvarado (46) leaves the mound during the ninth inning after giving up six runs. The Rays fell 9-6 to the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. ALLIE GOULDING   |   Times
Rays relief pitcher Jose Alvarado (46) leaves the mound during the ninth inning after giving up six runs. The Rays fell 9-6 to the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. ALLIE GOULDING | Times
Published Jul. 4, 2019

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Rays’ 9-6 loss to Orioles:

* Jose Alvarado was supposedly ready physically and mentally to return after nearly a month away for family medical issues, but he sure hasn’t looked it. Maybe some minor-league games would have helped because he’s been a mess in three games since returning.

* The bean counters won’t like it, but Wednesday’s crowd of 21,545 showed again from a butts-in-the-seats and buzz-in-the-ballpark perspective the $2 ticket special was a big hit. With more than 30,000 sold over the three days maybe the Rays will do it again.

* Coming to the game paid off for Elijah Radecki, 13, of Palm Harbor, who caught Mike Brosseau’s first career homer in the stands. Radecki got an autographed ball and will get a bat. Plus a new favorite player: “I like Kevin Kiermaier, but yeah (Brosseau’s) pretty cool.”