Jun 6, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Tanner Roark (57) throws the ball in the 2nd inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Stan Liu-USA TODAY Sports

Fighting Illini in the MLB: Tanner Roark Strikes Out Eleven To Pick Up Fourth Win

After being denied a win in his last start, former Illini pitcher Tanner Roark was able to notch his fourth win of the season on Friday as the Washington Nationals beat the San Diego Padres, 6-0.

Behind the strong start from Roark, the National bats came alive on Friday. They scored a single run in the first, then opened things up in the sixth with five runs.

Roark threw eight scoreless innings against the Padres where he only gave up three hits. Along with giving up just three hits, the former Illini pitcher also struck out eleven San Diego batters.

Per ESPN, Roark attributed his success on Friday to first-pitch strikes.

“That really gets a hitter on his heels and gives you confidence. I don’t try to strike guys out. I just try to make quality pitches. Strikeouts happen. Today everything was working.”

So far this season, Tanner Roark is 4-4 in his twelve starts for the Washington Nationals. He has given up twenty-six runs (twenty-five earned) on sixty-three hits, struck out sixty-one batters, walked eighteen batters, and currently holds a 2.91 ERA.

Tanner Roark is scheduled to make his next start for the Washington Nationals on Wednesday, June 11th against the San Francisco.

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