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:
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?