Fantasy Football 2014:

Nationals 4, Padres 0

The SportsXchange

WASHINGTON -- Tanner Roark pitched a three-hit shutout for his first complete game and shortstop Ian Desmond collected three hits as the Washington Nationals defeated the San Diego Padres, 4-0, on Saturday.

Roark retired the first 16 Padres before catcher Rene Rivera lined a single to center beyond the reach of second baseman Danny Espinosa.

In his 10th start in the majors, the 27-year-old Roark (2-0) extended his scoreless innings streak to 18. He hadn't gone past seven innings in his career prior to Saturday.

The Padres' only threat came in the sixth. After Rivera's single, pitcher Andrew Cashner reached base when Washington first baseman Adam LaRoche bobbled his sacrifice bunt.

But Roark got shortstop Everth Cabrera on a foul fly to left and left fielder Chris Denorfia flied to center.

Roark threw 105 pitches, striking out eight and walking only one. He had excellent command, consistently getting ahead of San Diego hitters, and he benefited early from two fine defensive plays.

Third baseman Anthony Rendon made diving stop in the hole and threw out second baseman Jedd Gyorko leading off the second, and later executed a sliding backhand stop before throwing Gyorko out to start the fifth.

Cashner (2-3) endured his second straight sub-par outing, following a loss at Milwaukee. He went six innings and gave up four runs, while walking one and striking out five.

After pounding out 17 hits against the Padres on Friday night, the Nationals picked up Saturday where they left off.

Right fielder Jayson Werth added two hits for Washington, which was without left fielder Bryce Harper, who jammed his left thumb on Friday night.

Rendon and Werth singled off Cashner with one out in the first. LaRoche singled home Rendon and Desmond lined an opposite field double to right, scoring Werth. LaRoche made it 3-0 when he scored on a sacrifice fly by second baseman Danny Espinosa.

The Nationals added an insurance run in the sixth. Left fielder Kevin Frandsen singled, was sacrificed to second by Roark, and scored on a single by center fielder Denard Span.

NOTES: Nationals manager Matt Williams said Bryce Harper's left thumb was swollen and sore, and that Harper was scheduled to see a hand specialist Saturday. Kevin Frandsen started in his place, going 1-for-3 and scoring a run. ... 1B Adam LaRoche extended his hitting streak to 10 games, the longest by a Washington player this season. ... Padres OF Seth Smith (groin strain) missed his second straight game. ... San Diego's Ian Kennedy (1-3, 3.60) opposes Taylor Jordan (0-3, 6.23) in Sunday's series finale.

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Free Yahoo League
League size:
10 players
Draft time:
Aug 27 9:00 am
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