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Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Rays 9-3 loss to Mariners

On Brosseau’s dandy moundwork, Pham and Meadows providing some spark, Broxton’s appeal to a higher authority.
Tampa Bay Rays infielder Michael Brosseau (43) gets all three Seattle Mariners hitters out as he pitches during the ninth inning at Tropicana Field on Monday, Aug. 19, 2019 in St. Petersburg. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times ] [DIRK SHADD   |   TIMES  |  Tampa Bay Times]
Tampa Bay Rays infielder Michael Brosseau (43) gets all three Seattle Mariners hitters out as he pitches during the ninth inning at Tropicana Field on Monday, Aug. 19, 2019 in St. Petersburg. [DIRK SHADD | Times ] [DIRK SHADD | TIMES | Tampa Bay Times]
Published Aug. 20, 2019

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Rays 9-3 loss to Mariners:

* If there was a highlight for the Rays on the mound, it was infielder Mike Brosseau working a 1-2-3 ninth, their only pitcher to do so, mixing speeds from 53 to 77 and keeping the Mariners off balance. He was cheered for his effort, and again when he came to bat, introduced as the pitcher.

* There wasn’t a lot good about the still struggling offense either for the Rays on Monday, though there were a few positives. Tommy Pham blasted a leadoff homer, his third time going deep in his last five games, and Austin Meadows launched a ball nearly off the back wall of the Trop well beyond the rightfield fence.

* Seattle’s Keon Broxton, a Lakeland product, provided the light moment of the night. After having his helmet knocked off in being grazed by a 98.7 mph fastball from Rays reliever Diego Castillo, Broxton pointed repeatedly to the sky in apparent thanks he wasn’t hit more directly and hurt.

Contact Marc Topkin at mtopkin@tampabay.com. Follow @TBTimes_Rays

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