The Washington Nationals lost game two of the doubleheader to the Miami Marlins 7-1 as Tanner Roark gave up all seven runs
This season, Tanner Roark has done a lot of good things for the Nationals. However, the one thing he hasn’t done is been able to beat the Miami Marlins. Roark is now 0-3 against Miami after he gave up seven runs in five innings of work as the Nats lost game two of the doubleheader, 7-1.
For this game, the Nationals did not have Jayson Werth, Ryan Zimmerman, Danny Espinosa, or Bryce Harper in the lineup. The first three players had the night off while Harper chose to drop his appeal and serve his one game suspension MLB handed down on Wednesday:
Miami started the scoring in the second against Roark when Miguel Rojas singled to center to drive in Marcell Ozuna (tripled to lead off the inning). Two batters later, Derek Dietrich drove in Rojas with double to right field. The score would become 3-0 in the top of the third when Justin Bour crushed a solo home run to center, his sixth home run of the year.
As for Miami’s starter, Kendry Flores (2016 debut), he shut out the Nats for the first three innings, but had to leave the game because of a right shoulder strain. Washington would get their lone run of the game in the fourth when Stephen Drew hit a sacrifice fly to left against Jose Urena (who got the win) to drive in Matt den Dekker.
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Roark’s problems would continue in the top of the fifth. The Marlins loaded the bases because of two walks and a single by Martin Prado. With two outs, Ozuna singled to center to drive in Dietrich and Prado to make it 5-1. Ozuna was 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI’s in the win.
The score would increase to 7-1 when J.T. Realmuto also singled to center to drive in Yelich and Ozuna. Roark would end up going five innings, give up seven runs on eight hits, strike out five, and walk three on 114 pitches in the loss. He has now given up 14 runs in three starts against the Marlins this year.
After Roark, the Nationals’ bullpen kept the Marlins off the scoreboard for the final four innings. Solis was first in the game and went three innings, gave up no hits, struck out three, and walked one on 42 pitches. Oliver Perez would pitch the ninth and give up three hits, but still managed to get out of the inning unscathed.
While the Nationals offense managed only five hits tonight, two of them came from Daniel Murphy, who is now hitting .403 on the season. Murphy went 3-for-8 in the two games today.
Next Game: The Washington Nationals (23-14) will finish up the series tomorrow afternoon against the Miami Marlins (19-17). You can catch the game on MASN2 and WUSA9 at 1:35 p.m ET. Joe Ross (3-2, 2.29 ERA) will start for the Nats against Jose Fernandez (4-2, 3.54) for the Marlins.