Tanner Roark was forced into action when Jordan Zimmermann was scratched with flu-like symptoms, but the Washington Nationals' 27-year-old right-hander came through with a strong start this afternoon in the Nats' series-sweeping win over the New York Mets.
Roark's Line: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 Ks, 95 P, 62 S, 4/6 GO/FO
The Nationals connected for 13 hits and scored eight runs in the series finale. Denard Span continued his strong start with a 2 for 3 game in which he walked and scored a run. Ryan Zimmerman was one hit away from a career-high five hits, but settled for a 4 for 5 afternoon in NY. Danny Espinosa impressed everyone who was watching with a 2 for 4, two double day in Citi Field. Jayson Werth was 1 for 3 with two walks and a run scored.
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Ross Detwiler came out of the bullpen with an impressive two-inning outing that saw his fastball hitting 94 on the radar gun. Rafael Soriano, who has been dealing with the same flu-like symptoms that are apparently going around the Nats' clubhouse, made his first appearance of the season, throwing a scoreless ninth.
As of now there's no clear statement on which pitcher will start the home opener tomorrow afternoon, though the Nationals have to be hoping Jordan Zimmermann can recover in time to make the start so they don't have to piece one together with the relievers, but the latest from Matt Williams' post game is that there is no answer to that question yet:
Williams wasn't sure if Z'mann feels better so unclear who'll start tomorrow. Depends on health in the morning. Bullpen game still option.— James Wagner (@JamesWagnerWP) April 3, 2014
We'll all have to wait and see who starts the home opener. Until then, here's some radio to listen to. Dave Nichols from the District Sports Page and I talked just as the Nationals were wrapping up today's win: