Baseball is a cruel game. Roark had a 7 inning gem…spoiled: Postgame

Tanner Roark took a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the 8th inning, and Roark looked fantastic for the first 7 inning. Then it started to unravel and nothing seemed to work for him in the 8th inning. He walked the lead-off man Joc Pederson on a 3-2 pitch that was so on the edge (see chart below) and could have been called strike 3 and probably should have been strike 3. Then Puig lined a ball off of Espinosa’s glove for a single, and then Yasmani Grandal smoked a 3-run HR to win the game in a 2 strike count.

The Nationals squandered chances on-base all night long, and had a chance to widen the lead several times. This loss extends this losing streak to 4 games for the Nationals.

This is the chart that walked Pederson to start the 8th inning:
roark to pederson 6 21 16

Bryce Harper and Danny Espinosa supplied the runs via solo home runs, but the team was 1-10 with RISP and the only hit came from Tanner Roark where Ramos was thrown out at the plate.
boxscore 6 22 16

Dusty Baker is the manager and the question was do you pull Tanner in the first sign of trouble? In the top of the 8th with 1 out and Ramos on 2nd base, do you pinch-run for him?

Dave Roberts had his pitcher Kazmir intentionally walk Daniel Murphy to load the bases to pitch to Ryan Zimmerman. Zimmerman struck out and is now 0-9 this season with bases loaded with 4 strikeouts.

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