Tanner Roark didn't last long when he faced the Cincinnati Reds in Ohio's Great American Ball Park back on June 5th.
He was out after just three innings of work on the mound in which he gave up seven hits and five earned runs. Roark received no decision in what ended up a 10-9 win for Washington.
Tonight in the nation's capital, Roark faced the Reds again as he tried to help the Nationals tried extend their current win-streak to six straight games.
Roark put together a solid outing this time around against the Reds, completing seven innings of work on 108 pitches and allowing just two earned runs on eight hits, but he left with the game tied and didn't factor in the decision in what ended up a 3-2 win in fourteen innings when Ben Revere hit a walk-off double...
Ben Revere singled to right-center off Anthony DeSclafani in the first at bat of the Nats' first, took third on a one-out single up the middle by Bryce Harper and scored on a sac fly to center by Daniel Murphy to give the Nationals a 1-0 lead early.
Reds' left fielder Adam Duvall and third baseman Eugenio Suarez hit back-to-back singles to start the top of the second and Duvall scored from third on a single to right by Tucker Barnhart that tied it up at 1-1.
It stayed tied till the sixth when Joey Votto singled, moved up on a walk by Brandon Phillips, took third on a fly to center and scored on an RBI single by Adam Duvall, who put the Reds up, 2-1 after five and a half.
Jayson Werth walked with one down in the sixth, and one out later, scored from first on a double to right by Daniel Murphy, who turned a 1-1 slider inside around and lined it into the corner to make it a 2-2 game. Murphy's 21st.
Tanner Roark's Line: 7.0 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 Ks, 108 P, 62 S, 7/4 GO/FO.
Sammy Solis made quick work of the Reds in a seven-pitch, 1-2-3 eighth, against Cincy's 1-2-3 hitters.
Raisel Iglesias finished off the Nats in the seventh and came back out for the eighth, and another scoreless frame in which he worked around a one-out double and walk.
Solis completed another 1-2-3 frame in the ninth , retiring the Reds in order on eight pitches and Iglesias tossed a quick, 1-2-3 ninth to send it to extras.
It was still tied at 2-2 in the bottom of the fourteenth when Danny Espinosa took a fastball in the shoulder, moved up on a groundout and scored on a walk-off double to right by Ben Revere!!! Nationals win! Nationals win! Six straight. 3-2 final. Ballgame!!
Nationals now 49-32
- Cincinnati dropped the series opener in Washington, D.C., but they've won seven of the last ten games against the Nationals over the last two seasons and five of the last eight games in Nats Park.
- Since 2012, the Nationals and Reds have split the 30 games they played, but Cincinnati holds the lead in the all-time series with Washington (2005-present) with a 41-35 advantage.
- Last night's win left the Nationals 48-32 on the year, good for the the NL's third-best record, behind only the San Francisco Giants (50-31) and Chicago Cubs (51-27).
- Reds' left fielder Adam Duval leads all MLB left fielders in home runs, RBIs and extra base hits.
- Reds' right fielder Jay Bruce leads all major league right fielers in RBIs and extra base hits, is tied for the lead in triples and ranks second in home runs.
- Nats' third baseman Anthony Rendon has hits in five of his last six games and has reached base safely in 9 of the last 10.
- Anthony DeSclafani was making his sixth appearance and third start vs the Nationals tonight, and he took a streak of 13 scoreless innings into tonight's outing.
- In today's Reds-themed "Fun with Arbitrary End Points" segment: Joey Votto put up a .319 AVG with five home runs, 10 RBIs, a .466 OBP and .549 SLG... in June.
- In today's Nationals-themed "Fun with Arbitrary End Points" segment: Nats' left fielder Jayson Werth led all Nationals' hitters with a .438 OBP in June, and he's 25 for 71 (.352 AVG) with seven doubles and a home run over that stretch.
- The Nationals, as a team, put up .276/.346/.465 line in June, and scored 149 runs (5.5 runs per game average).
- Since June, the Nationals' bullpen has a 1.55 ERA in 29 IP, walking three batters and striking out 33.
- Nationals' catcher Wilson Ramos started the night leading all MLB catchers in AVG (.340), OBP (.389) and SLG (.557)... though he got the night off with Jose Lobaton (aka #LOBATRON) starting.
Nationals now 49-32