Postgame analysis of the Nationals' 7-1 loss to the Miami Marlins in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader.
How it happened: The Marlins' apparent mastery of Tanner Roark showed itself once again in the early innings of this one. Miami hitters looked mighty comfortable in the box against the Nats' starter; if they weren't registering hits, they were making solid contact on more than few loud outs. So after Justin Bour hit a solo home run to make it 3-0 in the third, you figured it may not be Roark's night.
The Nats would get on the board in the fourth after Mat den Dekker scored on on a sacrifice fly from Stephen Drew to make it 3-1. However, the Marlins struck back in the next frame with with a four-spot to extend their lead to 7-1, putting the Nats in too deep a hole and essentially ending Roark's outing.
The Nats offense, which was without Bryce Harper, Ryan Zimmerman and Jayson Werth, didn't have enough to mount a comeback in the later innings.
What it means: That Nats fans probably don't want to see Roark face the Marlins when the team heads to Miami next weekend. The game also meant that Saturday's double header went down as essentially a wash for both teams, with each squad gaining a victory on the day. The Nats are now 23-14 and are still in first place in the NL East.
Roark's struggles vs. the Fish continue: For as good as Roark has been against every other team he's faced this season, he still hasn't been able to solve the Marlins. They've now handed him all three of his losses in 2016, and are responsible for 14 of the 17 total earned runs he's yielded on the year. With the Nats playing in Miami next weekend, could Dusty Baker consider shifting his rotation around so that Roark avoids facing the lineup that has continually tormented him?
Another multi-hit game for Murphy: When you're hitting over .400, you're bound to have games like the one Daniel Murphy had Saturday night. His first hit of the night came on a flare to left field that wasn't well struck but still found a hole, and his second came on a groundball that Marlins shortstop Miguel Rojas couldn't handle. The Nats second baseman is now hitting .403 to continue his torrid start to the season.
What's next: The Nats will look to win this four-game set on Sunday afternoon, sending Joe Ross (3-2. 2.29 ERA) to face off against Marlins ace Jose Fernandez (4-2, 3.54).