Alcantara (4-6) picked up the win after surrendering one run on eight hits and four walks while striking out six over 7.2 innings Friday against the Phillies. Alcantara dealt with plenty of traffic on the bases, but he managed to work himself out of trouble for the most part, with his long lone allowed coming in the third inning. The 23-year-old right-hander nearly made it through eight full innings, but he was yanked with two outs in the seventh after 112 pitches (75 strikes). In addition to a losing record, Alcantara has posted a 3.51 ERA and 1.41 WHIP with 64 strikeouts over 89.2 innings.
Alcantara allowed three runs on eight hits with six strikeouts and two walks across six innings during a no-decision against the Marlins on Sunday. The Pirates had runners in scoring position pretty much all afternoon against Alcantara, but the right-hander limited the damage by holding Pittsburgh to a 2-for-16 day with runners in scoring position. It wasn't enough, though, as the Pirates broke through against the Marlins bullpen to retake the lead. Alcantara is 3-6 with a 3.73 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 58 strikeouts in 82 innings this season. He will pitch next at the Phillies on Friday.
Alcantara (3-6) yielded four runs (one earned) on four hits and four walks in five innings Monday, striking out six and taking the loss to St. Louis. While Alcantara dropped his season ERA from 3.80 to 3.67, this start was nothing to get excited over. The Cardinals were up 1-0 entering the sixth inning before he allowed a single and issued a walk to start things off. A Jorge Alfaro throwing error let those two runners score, ending Alcantara's evening. The 23-year-old now owns an uninspiring 52:36 K:BB in 76 innings this season. He'll face the visiting Pirates on Sunday.
Alcantara (3-5) allowed one earned run on five hits and a walk while striking out five across seven innings to earn the win Wednesday against the Brewers. Alcantara held the Brewers to just one extra-base hit in the contest -- an RBI double by Orlando Arcia in the second inning -- and otherwise limited self-inflicted damage. Most importantly, he handed out only one free pass after surrendering multiple walks in six of his last seven starts. He backed up the improved control by starting 14 of the 24 batters he faced with a strike. Despite the strong effort, Alcantara still has a troubling 46:32 K:BB across 71 innings on the campaign, though his 3.80 ERA and 1.35 WHIP are respectable. He'll look to turn in another strong start in his next appearance, which is currently scheduled for Monday against St. Louis.
Alcantara allowed two hits and five walks while striking out three across six scoreless innings Thursday against the Giants. He did not factor into the decision. Alcantara walked at least one batter in three of his six innings and allowed surrendered multiple free passes in two frames. However, he managed to work around them for his third scoreless effort of the campaign. Despite the strong run prevention, he wasn't particularly dominant -- he generated only nine swinging strikes -- but took advantage of a weak Giants' lineup in his pitcher-friendly home park. Alcantara now has a 41:31 K:BB across 64 innings this season, resulting in a mediocre 4.08 ERA and poor 1.41 WHIP. He'll face a much stiffer test in his next start, currently scheduled for Wednesday at Milwaukee.