Jun 11, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Tanner Roark (57) throws a pitch against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Fighting Illini in the MLB: Tanner Roark Picks Up Fifth Win Of The Season in 6-2 Win Over Giants

For the first time in 2014, former Illini pitcher Tanner Roark recorded wins in consecutive starts. Roark notched his fifth win of the season as the Washington Nationals beat the San Francisco Giants, 6-2, on Wednesday.

The National bats came alive in the first inning behind Roark for the second straight time.

Washington jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first, and they added three more runs in both the fifth and ninth to lock up the win against the Giants.

Roark lasted 6.0 innings giving up just two runs on seven hits and struck out four San Francisco batters.

He threw a total of 95 pitches in the game and finished with a ERA of 2.92.

Per ESPN, Roark was all about the team following his fifth victory of the season:

“We’re playing great as a team right row. Just keep it going. It’s exciting.”

So far this season, Tanner Roark is 5-4 in his thirteen starts for the Washington Nationals. He has given up twenty-eight runs (twenty-seven earned) on 70 hits, struck out 65 batters, walked eighteen batters, and currently holds a 2.92 ERA.

Tanner Roark is scheduled to make his next start for the Washington Nationals on Tuesday, June 17th against the Houston Astros.

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