Roark (3-3) gave up two runs on two hits and three walks while striking out seven through five innings, though he took the loss to the Dodgers on Sunday. Roark only gave up two hits but allowed too many free passes to be effective. While he's rarely been dominant, the right-hander has a 3-2 record with a 2.92 ERA over the last month. Roark will make his next start Sunday against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
Roark (3-2) took the loss against the Cubs on Tuesday by allowing three runs on eight hits over five innings. He struck out six and walked one. Roark issued only one walk but still struggled with his command Wednesday as he threw a first-pitch strike to only seven of 24 batters faced, resulting in a season-high eight hits allowed. The 32-year-old has a 3.50 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 43:20 K:BB across 46.1 innings, and lines up for another tough matchup against the Dodgers on Sunday.
Roark will start Tuesday against the Cubs instead of Wednesday as previously scheduled, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. The Reds are switching Roark and Sonny Gray in the rotation to keep Roark on a five-day pitching schedule after he's allowed two runs on seven hits over 12.2 innings during his last two starts. The 32-year-old has a 3.27 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 37:19 K:BB though eight outings this season.
Roark (3-1) allowed three hits and two walks while striking out three across six scoreless innings to earn the win Thursday against Oakland. Roark held Oakland to only one extra-base hit and relied on double plays to get out of the few jams he faced. He wasn't dominant -- he generated only four swinging strikes -- but he generated seven groundball outs and benefited from the pitcher-friendly Oakland Coliseum. After failing to surpass 5.1 innings in his first six starts of the season, Roark has combined to throw 12.2 frames across his last two outings thanks to more efficient pitching. He'll look to keep that positive trend going in his next start, likely to come at home against the Cubs on Wednesday.
Roark allowed two runs on four hits with seven strikeouts and two walks across 6.2 innings in a victory over the Giants on Saturday. This was a very nice way to bounce back after yielding a season-high four runs in his last start. The 32-year-old couldn't quite make it through the seventh, but it was still his longest outing of the year, and his seven strikeouts were also a season high. Roark is 2-1 with a 3.82 ERA, 1.53 WHIP and 34 strikeouts in 35.1 innings this season. His next outing is scheduled for Thursday on the road against the Athletics.