June 6: Nationals (31-28) 6, Padres (27-34) 0
The story of the game was unquestionably Washington Nationals starter Tanner Roark. The big right-hander went eight scoreless frames and fanned 11 batters in the eventual 6-0 shutout win in favor of the visiting team.
The Nationals got all the offense they would need just two batters into the game. They took full advantage of a shaky start by the Padres’ big right Tyson Ross. Ross walked Denard Span on five pitches and coughed up a two-run big fly to Anthony Rendon after throwing two balls in the dirt.
Both pitchers settled down from there, as the game was relatively quiet until the fifth frame. In the fifth, Danny Espinosa opened the inning with a triple and somehow did not come across to score. Nate McLouth, Rorark and Span failed to get him in.
Just one inning later that was not the case. The Nationals put up four runs on two big hits and a hit-by-pitch. Wilson Ramos brought Ryan Zimmerman home on a ground-rule double to right, before a hit-by-pitch to Espinosa with the bases loaded brought home Adam LaRoche. McLouth then put the finishing touches on Washington’s huge inning when he singled home Ian Desmond and Espinosa on an RBI base knock to right.
In the eighth, the Padres got two men on with just one out, but could not get any runs across against the dominant Roark. The Nats righty retired Everth Cabrera and Seth Smith to close out the frame and his night at 107 pitches.
Ross Detwiler came in for the 1-2-3 ninth to close the door on San Diego.
Roark got the win in the game, going his eight strong and not walking a single batter. He lowered his ERA to 2.91 as he went at least six strong innings for the fourth consecutive start.
On the other side, Ross got hit with the loss in his 5.1 innings of work. He surrendered five earned runs, walked three and fanned seven.
The Padres didn’t get many opportunities with runners in scoring position, but also struggled – going 0-for-4 when given the chance.