Trevor Williams Strikes Out 8

Pirates starter adjusts to first night game for best outing.

Jeff Hathhorn
March 21, 2018 - 9:31 pm
Trevor Williams

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Trevor Williams said he thought he would end up pitching the first night game of their schedule, if only because today is his wife’s birthday and he would be working.

Williams admitted he was tired and his body clock was off, but went out and struck out eight over five and a third innings as the Twins beat the Pirates 3-1.  Williams gave up two runs, only one was earned on six hits.

“Overall, I thought it was a great outing at this point in Spring Training,” Williams said.  “All four pitches were working and both fastballs were doing their job.  We’re pretty much in season mode.  It’s got to be dialed in.”

Williams had seven strike outs total heading into Wednesday’s game.

“Strikeouts are good,” Williams said.  “I went into today, I didn’t have a lot of swing and misses in the Spring so far.  I didn’t really have a lot of weird swings, so the plan going into it today was to force the weak contact and force the weird swings.  And we got that.”

What else was weird was the impact of the sun.  It affected Gregory Polanco twice, once leading to a double, another time a ball off his glove.

“It was tough,” Wiliams said.  “I played way too many Florida State League games here.  I know the sun comes right in your eyes for the first few innings. 

“It’s the sun.  It’s a giant ball of fire.  You can’t do anything about it.  It was windy as heck, I was worried every pitch that my hat would fly off.  It’s one of those things, it’s the elements.  I can’t complain about it in Detroit or Pittsburgh.  If it’s brutal for me, it’s brutal for the other team too.”

Only 4 hits

The Pirates got their only run of the game on an error.   After a Starling Marte walked, he stole second.  Gregory Polanco walked.  On a double-steal, the throw from catcher Jason Castro went into left field scoring Marte.

Marte, Josh Bell, Kevin Newman and Jacob Stallings had the hits.  Marte has hit safely in 12 of his 13 games and is hitting .410.