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Тема: Nationals'Tanner Roark straightens things out, but suffers ninth loss

In four June starts before Thursday's series opener with the Philadelphia Phillies in Citizens Bank Park, Tanner Roark went (1-2) with a 6.64 ERA, nine walks (3.98 BB/9), 18 Ks (7.97 K/9), and a line against in 20 1 innings pitched. nce I get timing with every single pitch it comes out the exact same way, looking exactly the same with the fastball, it will be tough for the hitters.Tanner Roark on recent strugglesRoark had failed to make it through the fifth in each of his previous two outings, going just four innings in Toronto (8 H, 2 BB, 4 ER) and just 4 1 against Philadelphia last time out (7 H, 4 BB, 6 ER), which led to the right-hander spending some time watching some video from the 2016 season in the clubhouse to try to find some clue as to what was behind his recent struggles https://www.nationalsgearshop.com/Jhona … _Jersey-78. think it's a small little mechanical thing that I'm going through right now,Roark said,and just sometimes [you] overthink it, but I was watching film for the rest of the game and was looking at myself in 6. t's always minor things and something with timing and so that's what I kind of looked at and was kind of comparing from 6 to this year.hoto by Mitchell Leff/Getty ImagesDavey Martinez's diagnosis of Roark's struggles against the Phillies last time out He said he didn't think it was anything physical. e says he feels fine,Martinez told reporters. oday it just didn't look like he was attacking the strike zone, to me, threw a lot more breaking pitches, didn't use his fastball enough, so when you fall behind some of these hitters, they're pretty good, you're going to get hit pretty good.e started off a little erratic, and then all of a sudden he started getting the ball down where he's good and he pitched well. Davey Martinez on Roark vs PhilliesIn his second consecutive outing against the Nationals' NL East rivals tonight, Roark was a little shaky early, with an unearned run scoring on back-to-back hits in the first two at bats in the second as he threw 49 pitches over the course of the first two innings Washington Nationals Custom Jersey.A hit-by-pitch, one-out single and sac fly gave the Phillies a 2-1 lead after a 14-pitch third by Roark, who was up to 63 pitches overall. He held them there through five, settling in with a couple quick frames, and returned to the mound at 85 pitches in the sixth and stranded a double by Maikel Franco (that almost went out) and an intentional walk in a 22-pitch frame that left him at 107 pitches total. Tanner Roark's Line:Ryan Madson gave up a two-run blast in the seventh that put the Phillies up 4-1 in what was a 4-3 win in the end after the Nationals rallied late to score two in the ninth but fell short of a second straight comeback win against their divisional rivals.  Nationals drop third straight in series opener with Phillies, 4-3 final:  Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty ImagesLINK: At least the Nationals didn't get shut out Small victoriesRoark told reporters, including MASN's Mark Zuckerman, that the changes he made based on what he saw studying film were just to simplify things after he'd tweaked his delivery.rying to get back to what I was in the past, because I was just trying to modify things in Spring Training,he explained. ake things simpler, to not move around as much https://www.nationalsgearshop.com/Gio_G … _Jersey-15. But I could feel myself over the rubber a lot of the times, a lot of the pitches tonight, and just getting everything going towards the plate, instead of fighting myself off. My arm was on time.anner pitched good enough to win,Nats' skipper Davey Martinez said after the loss. hat was good to see. He started off a little erratic, and then all of a sudden he started getting the ball down where he's good and he pitched well. just told myself: ust hit my spots and locate,Roark said of settling in. ust stare at the glove and keep the ball down.