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Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Rays 7-4 loss to Mariners

On a well-executed relay play, a small Trop gathering, some inconsistent Duffy defense.
Tampa Bay Rays catcher Mike Zunino (10) tags out Seattle Mariners shortstop J.P. Crawford (3) as he tries to score on a double hit by Mariners Austin Nola (23) that also scored Keon Broxton (4) during the fifth inning at Tropicana Field on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019 in St. Petersburg. [DIRK SHADD | Tampa Bay Times]
Published Aug. 21

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Rays 7-4 loss to Mariners:

* There wasn’t a lot good for the Rays in the early innings, but leftfielder Tommy Pham, shortstop Willy Adames and catcher Mike Zunino teamed for a standout relay play in the fifth, nailing J.P. Crawford at the plate trying to score from first on a double.

* Attendance has been an issue for a while, but more into focus given the Rays’ plan to split future seasons in Montreal. Yes, it’s the Mariners, and school nights and (fill in the blank), but a playoff contending team drawing less than 10,000 (9,152 and 7,455) is a bad thing.

* Matt Duffy has had his moments at the plate since rejoining the Rays in late July, but the price for his time missed due to injuries seems to be in his consistency. Particularly in the field where he has not showed his usually solid defense. An error Tuesday led to two runs.

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