Tanner Roark (3-2) did all that he was asked to do this afternoon on the hill for skipper Matt Williams. The big-righty allowed only one earned run through six innings while striking out two. Unfortunately, the Nationals only managed six hits and one run during the entire game, and the team fell 2-1 to the Reds.
The game began with fireworks, but the fun for the Nationals subsided there. In the top of the first, Denard Span took an 0-1 pitch out of the park for his first homer of the season. Span has been on fire and has seven hits in the Nationals’ last three games. Hopefully he can stay hot, as a strong leadoff hitter is important to the success of any lineup.
In the top of the fourth inning, the Reds fought back. Zack Cozart led off the inning with a double, and Brandon Phillips followed with a single to tie the game at 1-1. Then, following a Kevin Frandsen throwing error, Brayan Pena singled to left to score Phillips and give the Reds a 2-1 lead.
In the top of the sixth, the skies opened up and the game was delayed for 61 minutes. The rain not only cooled the DC air, but it also put a damper on the Nationals offense as the Nationals managed only two base runners after the delay. The Nats (24-22) travel to face Pittsburgh (19-26) at PNC Park on Thursday for the first of four games.