After winning Game 1 of Saturday’s doubleheader 6-4, the Nats lost in Game 2 7-1 to the Marlins. Marcell Ozuna and J.T. Realmuto drove in a combined four runs as the Marlins will look to split the four game series with a win this afternoon.
Nationals starting pitcher Tanner Roark continued his struggles against Miami. It all started in the second inning when Miguel Rojas singled to center to score Ozuna. Rojas scored from first thanks to a double by Derek Dietrich. Justin Bour followed with a home run to make it a 3-0 game.
The Nats drove their lone run of the game when Stephen Drew hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning to score Matt den Dekker in the fourth. The Marlins answered in the fifth, blowing the game wide open with four runs.
Roark had his worst start of the season as he gave up seven runs in five innings. He finished with 114 pitches.
“(Roark) didn’t have it from the beginning when he hit the first batter. He couldn’t control the zone like he usually does. In the inning when they got the four runs, he had a chance to get out of it, when he was able to get the first two batters (with the bases loaded). Then they were able to get a couple of two-out knocks,” said Nationals manager Dusty Baker.
Bryce Harper sat out Game 2 of the doubleheader as he chose to drop his appeal of his one game suspension. He got suspended due to cursing out an umpire after the Nats had a walk off win on Monday night. He did it because he got thrown out of the game after arguing a call from the dugout.
The Nats look to take three out of four with a win this afternoon. Joe Ross takes the mound and first pitch from DC is at 1:35.