Williams didn't factor into the decision in Saturday's 9-8 extra-inning loss to the Tigers, giving up three runs on two hits and two walks over two innings. He struck out two. The right-hander got staked to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning but immediately squandered it by coughing up three runs in the bottom of the frame, and after Williams escaped another jam in the second, Cubs manager David Ross had seen enough. Williams hadn't lasted longer than four innings in any of his last three starts, with the rough patch ballooning his ERA to 6.27, and his 11.4 percent walk rate on the year is the worst of his career.
Williams gave up two runs on five hits and two walks over four innings during Saturday's 3-2 win over the Pirates. He had six strikeouts and didn't factor in the decision. The right-hander surrendered a two-run homer to Ka'ai Tom during the fourth inning, but he otherwise kept Pittsburgh off the board. The Cubs didn't score the game-deciding run until the seventh inning, so he wouldn't have earned the victory even if he lasted the five frames necessary to earn a win. Williams has a 5.81 ERA, 1.74 WHIP and 35:16 K:BB across 31 innings this season.
Williams allowed six runs on six hits and four walks across 2.2 innings and did not factor into the decision Sunday against the Reds. He struck out two. Williams probably deserved his third loss of the season, but the Cubs rallied from an early deficit to tie the game before falling 13-12 in 10 innings, so the righty escaped the decision. It was still the worst outing of the year so far for Williams, who was tagged for three home runs, and it pushed his ERA up to 6.00 through six starts. He'll look to get back on track his next time out Saturday against the Pirates.
Williams (2-2) allowed two runs on six hits across five innings to take the loss Tuesday against Atlanta. He walked two and struck out eight. Williams set a new season high with the eight strikeouts, but he got zero run support and was saddled with his second loss in five starts. Other than when he allowed five runs on 10 hits across 3.1 innings back on April 11, the righty has been solid, allowing two or fewer runs in his other four outings. Williams will take a 4.44 ERA into his next scheduled start Sunday against the Reds.
Williams did not factor into the decision during Thursday's win over the Mets after allowing two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out six over five innings. All of the damage charged to Williams came from a two-run homer off the bat of Pete Alonso in the fourth inning. Otherwise, the 28-year-old turned in a decent showing, leaving the game in line for the win before the bullpen blew the lead in the seventh. Williams has given up two or fewer runs in three of his first four outings, though his one blowup means he still has a 4.66 ERA and 1.50 WHIP. He'll look to notch his third win of the year Tuesday at Atlanta.
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