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Trevor Williams Shines Again, Offense Remains Silent

Offense Hits Into Club Record Tying 7 Double Plays

August 18, 2018 - 3:46 am

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - Pirates righty Trevor Williams has been one of the team's most consistent pitchers this season and that continued Friday night at PNC Park.

"He's finding ways to get outs," said Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle. "He (Williams) just moved the ball around and attacked, very aggressive.  (As well as) being very efficient."

Williams' pitched 7 innings of one run baseball, striking out four and only walking two (one was an intentional walk).  The one run Williams gave up was a solo home run by Schwarber with 2 outs in the 2nd inning.​

"I think today it was really (about) lineup control," said Pirates Pitcher Trevor Williams when asked about what he attributed to his success on the mound tonight.

For the second night in a row, the Pirates were on the wrong end of a 1-0 game as the offense continued to struggle to get the big hit with runners' on base.

"Baseball's weird man," said Williams.  "For all the hops to go the right way for them (the Cubs) tonight, they had guys in the right spots.  I felt like we had a lot more loud outs and it was tough, unfortunate for us that we came up on the losing side."

The Pirates offensive struggles continued tonight as they grounded into a club record tying 7 double plays and have now gone scoreless in 23 consecutive innings.

"It's tough," said Pirates Outfielder Corey Dickerson. "But, sooner or later you know someone on the team is going to get hot.  Not necessarily me, (It could be) Marte, Polanco or it could be anybody at any time.  What we need is to feed off somebody or somebody just pick each other up and let it be contagious."

Pirates righty Joe Musgrove heads to the mound Saturday night for game 3 of the series against the Cubs to look to help the Pirates end this skid that they are on and help them get back into the win column and keep on the outskirts of the NL Wild Card race.

"At this point of the year you are pitching in big games," said Williams.  "There is still the Wild Card push we can make and really it's in our destiny, it's out in front of us and we just need to win some ball games from here on out."


Listen to Pitcher Trevor Williams entire postgame interview below:

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