Nationals pitcher Tanner Roark (4-7) surrendered five hits, two earned runs and a walk over 6.2 innings in Tuesday's 2-1 loss to the Braves. He struck out four. Roark posted what was easily his best start since taking over for Joe Ross in the rotation, and his 6.2 innings of work and 104 pitches thrown were both season highs. The 28-year-old right-hander was done in Tuesday by a combination of A.J. Pierzynski, who launched two round-trippers off him, and a lack of run support. Roark would be scheduled to receive the start in the Nationals' final game of 2015 against the Mets next Sunday.
Nationals sometimes-starter Tanner Roark proved again Thursday why he's only a sometimes-starter, striking out just one while allowing three runs on five hits and two walks across five innings in a no-decision against Baltimore. Since taking over for Joe Ross in the rotation, Roark has allowed 12 runs in 19 innings. The worst part is that he has failed to get past the fifth inning in all four of his outings. Ross has far much more upside than Roark, but the Nats seem intent on limiting the rookie's innings, which is why they switched roles.
Nationals starter Tanner Roark (4-6) struggled on Thursday, as he allowed six runs on eight hits across five innings in a loss to the Marlins. He struck out four. Roark allowed two home runs in the game and wasn't fooling Marlins hitters one bit, as he drew just seven swinging strikes. The righty has now allowed eight hits in back-to-back games and has failed to get into the sixth inning in either start. With the success that Joe Ross had earlier in the season as the fifth starter, it would not be surprising to see Roark lose the role yet again with his recent struggles.
Nationals pitcher Tanner Roark pitched fairly well on Saturday, but was ultimately left with his fifth loss of the season. Roark allowed two runs on eight hits over 4 2/3 innings in a 2-0 loss to the Marlins. He walked one and struck out two, throwing 40 of his 69 pitches for strikes.
Nationals pitcher Joe Ross will no longer start after being moved to the bullpen, reports CSNWahington.com. Ross has been showing signs of fatigue lately and has given up seven runs in his last two outings. The Nationals will turn to pitcher Tanner Roark will take his spot in the rotation and is expected to start sometime over the weekend at Miami.