May 26, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Tanner Roark (57) throws during the second inning against the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Fighting Illini in the MLB: Tanner Roark Drops Third Game Of Season In Loss to Marlins

In his tenth start, former Illinois pitcher Tanner Roark suffered his third loss of the year as the Miami Marlins defeated the Washington Nationals, 3-2, on Monday.

Roark lasted 7.0 innings giving up just three runs on five hits and struck out four Miami batters. The Marlins were able to get to Roark in the first and third off of a RBI single by Casey McGehee and a two-run homer by Giancarlo Stanton.

Miami had another chance to score on Tanner Roark in the sixth after McGehee doubled with one out in the inning, but he was picked off at second base.

This is the second straight game in which the Nationals’ bats didn’t do enough to help out Tanner Roark. Washington’s only runs came off of a lead off homer run by Adam LaRoche in the bottom of the sixth.

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

“I feel we just, we didn’t give ourselves a ton of opportunities. Not sloppy, we didn’t beat ourselves in any way, just weren’t on base enough.”

So far this season, Tanner Roark is 3-3 in his ten starts for the Washington Nationals. He has given up twenty-five runs (twenty-four earned) on fifty-three hits, struck out forty-six batters, walked sixteen batters, and currently holds a 3.47 ERA.

Tanner Roark is scheduled to make his next start for the Washington Nationals on Sunday, June 1st against the Texas Rangers.

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