(Sports Network) - Rookie right-hander Tanner Roark gets a fill-in start to
close out his inaugural taste of the big leagues on Sunday when the Washington
Nationals visit Chase Field to close out a three-game season-ending series
with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The 26-year-old gets the call in place of starter Gio Gonzalez, who was shut
down for the season after the Nationals won Saturday and guaranteed that
manager Davey Johnson would end the season at 300 games above .500 for his
Roark, a 25th-round pick of the Texas Rangers in 2008, won his initial seven
decisions as a big-leaguer through Sept. 17, but finally lost 4-3 on Sept. 23
in St. Louis after the Cardinals nicked him for nine hits and four runs in
Previously, in 12 appearances, Roark had posted a stingy 1.08 earned run
average in 41 2/3 innings of work while allowing 26 hits and six runs in 41
Roark has never faced the Diamondbacks.
Arizona starts lefty Wade Miley, who's gone four starts without a loss since
The 26-year-old was 9-10 on the year after a 10-4 loss to Toronto, but has
since gone 1-0 in four outings and dropped his ERA from 3.78 to 3.63.
He pitched six innings of scoreless four-hit ball in his last start on Sept.
24 at San Diego, but got just a no-decision in the Diamondbacks' 2-1 triumph.
Miley dropped his lone career meeting against Washington after allowing three
runs on seven hits in seven innings.
On Saturday, Dan Haren carved up Arizona's lineup and the Nationals blanked
the Diamondbacks 2-0.
Haren (10-14) threw 77 of his 107 pitches for strikes as he went seven
innings, allowing just four hits and a walk. Drew Storen pitched a perfect
eighth to preserve the lead and Rafael Soriano earned his 43rd save of the
Chad Tracy had a pair of hits, including his fourth home run of the season, in
the triumph. Ryan Zimmerman drove in his 18th RBI in September, matching
Jayson Werth's team-leading total for the season's final month.
Brandon McCarthy (5-11) pitched well in defeat, serving up five hits and two
runs in seven innings. D'backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt extended his
hitting streak to 18 games.
The Nationals won two of three from Arizona when the teams last played in
June. Washington won four of six games in the 2012 season series.
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