Washington Nationals Reaction: Offense On Fire In The Desert
Roark Gets Out Of Early Jam
For the second time in his last three starts, Roark gave up two home runs, but unlike his start against the Padres on July 22, he was able to get the win last night. He went 6.1 innings, gave up three runs on seven hits, struck out six, and walked two on 103 pitches (68 strikes) in the win.
Like Strasburg the night prior, Roark got himself into early trouble in the first when Arizona’s top of the lineup loaded the bases with no outs via two singles and a walk. Roark did give up a run, but it was only one run due to a 4-6-3 double play by Jake Lamb.
If you are going to give up home runs, at least let them be solo home runs. Both of the home runs against Roark were solo shots last night. One came in the second inning by Yasmany Tomas and the other came in the sixth by Lamb.The problem for the Arizona offense was that they struggled to get the big hits with men in scoring position (3-for-14).
After giving up a Chris Owings double in the bottom of the seventh, Roark was pulled two batters later for Blake Treinen, who got the final two batters out in the inning, By going 6.1 innings last night, Roark is now fourth in the National League in innings pitched this season (143).
With the win last night, Roark is now 8-2 over the course of his last 12 starts. Despite giving up four home runs since the All-Star Break, teams are hitting only .213 against the Washington Nationals right-hander.
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