May 3, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Tanner Roark (57) checks the baseball during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Fighting Illini in the MLB: Tanner Roark Loses First Game Of Season In Loss to Phillies

May 3, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Tanner Roark (57) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

In just his sixth start this season, former Illinois pitcher Tanner Roark suffered his first loss as the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Washington Nationals, 7-2, on Saturday night.

Roark came into the game against Philadelphia on a high note as he pitched a complete game shutout against San Diego in his previous start.

However, he only lasted four innings after giving up seven runs on seven hits (two home runs), but he did strike out five Philly batters.

Per ESPN, Roark had this to say following the game:

“I didn’t have command of my fastball, and it’s my bread and butter pitch. I also left some balls up. You live and learn.”

So far this season, Tanner Roark is 2-1 in his six starts for the Washington Nationals. He has given up seventeen runs on thirty-six hits, struck out thirty-one batters, walked ten batters, and currently holds a 4.17 ERA.

Roark is scheduled to make his next start for the Washington Nationals on May 10th against the Oakland Athletics.

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