Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Rays’ 9-4 Monday loss to Red Sox

On Mike Brosseau’s latest great adventure, Jalen Beeks’ rough start, Colin Poche’s bright spot moment
DIRK SHADD   |   TimesTampa Bay Rays position player Michael Brosseau (43) is put in to pitch in the ninth inning as the Rays are down against the Boston Red Sox at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, on Monday, July 22, 2019.
DIRK SHADD | TimesTampa Bay Rays position player Michael Brosseau (43) is put in to pitch in the ninth inning as the Rays are down against the Boston Red Sox at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, on Monday, July 22, 2019.
Published July 23

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from the Rays’ 9-4 Monday loss to Red Sox:

* At least Rays rookie infielder Mike Brosseau had a night to remember. Adding to his amazing journey from undrafted free agent signee to major-league player, Brosseau pitched the ninth inning, working mostly in the 60-75 mph range, and somewhat effectively. He did twice pitch in Class A.

* Jalen Beeks of course welcomed the chance to start Monday, as it was the first time the Rays let him do so in 33 games since being acquired last July. But his ugly outing, with most of the damage coming in his second time through the lineup, showed why pitching him behind an opener indeed may be better strategy.

* If you’re looking for something positive in Monday’s game, granted, it’s a heck of a search in all directions. But amid the rubble was a painless, hitless and scoreless eight-pitch sixth inning thrown by rookie reliever Colin Poche, who’d been having considerable troubles of late, getting hit hard and often.



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