May 10, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Tanner Roark (57) delivers a pitch against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Fighting Illini in the MLB: Tanner Roark Pitches Well, Bullpen Blows Lead Late

After getting pounded in his last start, former Illinois pitcher Tanner Roark had himself a bounce back performance on Saturday in Oakland. However, the Washington Nationals’ bullpen blew a lead late to lose the game, 4-3.

Roark lasted 7.2 innings on Saturday where he only gave up one run on two hits and struck out five Oakland batters. His only earned run came when John Jaso hit a solo homer to right field in the third inning.

Roark left in the middle of the eighth inning with two outs and a runner on third base. Tyler Clippard came into the game and was able to get the last out of the inning without giving up a run.

However, it was in the ninth inning where the wheels came off for Washington.

That’s because their closer Rafael Soriano blew the save for the Nationals in the ninth as he gave up two runs, and the game would go to extra innings.

The game wouldn’t last much longer as Oakland won the game in the tenth off of a John Jaso double to deep right.

Tanner Roark is scheduled to make his next start for the Washington Nationals on Friday, May 16th against the New York Mets.

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