Williams (13-9) twirled six scoreless innings and took the win Sunday, scattering just two walks and two hits while striking out seven in the 3-2 victory against the Brewers. Dating back to July 11, Williams has now allowed two or fewer runs in 10 of his last 11 outings. His 115:51 K:BB isn't spectacular, but the 3.16 ERA across 159.2 innings looks solid for the 6-foot-3 righty. Williams will face off against Milwaukee again on Saturday.
Williams (12-9) had his worst start in two months in Monday's loss to the Cardinals. He lasted five innings and gave up four runs on six hits while striking out six. Williams had been one of the hottest pitchers in all of baseball as he had given up just four runs in total over his previous nine starts. While he came back down to earth in Monday's start, he'll look to get back on track over the weekend against the Brewers.
Williams will not make his scheduled start against the Marlins as Sunday's game was postponed due to weather, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. The rain has been prevalent throughout the weekend, leading to Sunday's postponement. Williams could simply pitch Monday at St. Louis and bump the rest of the rotation back a day, but the Pirates haven't revealed exactly how they'll adjust their starting rotation.
Williams (12-9) picked up the win Monday against the Reds, allowing five hits and one walk across 6.2 scoreless innings. He struck out four. Williams was locked in Monday, firing 67 of his 101 pitches for strikes while allowing just one extra-base hit en route to his second consecutive victory (and scoreless outing). The right-hander has been lights out through eight second-half starts, registering seven quality outings while posting a ridiculous 0.72 ERA through 49.2 innings over that stretch. He'll look to stay dialed in as he faces the lowly Marlins in Pittsburgh next time out.
Williams (11-9) got the win Wednesday, tossing six shutout innings with eight strikeouts while allowing three hits and three walks against the Cardinals. Williams got into some early trouble in the first inning, allowing runners on second and third with no one out, but after working out of that jam the 26-year-old cruised the rest of the way. He's given up two or fewer runs in eight straight starts now -- including five starts in that span with no runs allowed -- and his ERA has dropped over a full run to 3.30 as a result. He'll look to keep rolling Monday against the Reds.