Trevor Williams made his first spot start of the season Monday night at Dodger Stadium, and it did not go well in a 12-1 loss.
The first two batters reached base on two grounders that barely went half way down the first base line. He got the first out on the next batter and then things went downhill after that. Cody Bellinger walked to load the bases, Joc Pederson laced an RBI single into right field and then Chris Taylor belted a grand slam to make it 5-0 Dodgers before two outs were recorded. Yaisel Puig blasted a solo home run two batters later to make it a six-run first for the Dodgers.
Williams gave up two more runs in the 3rd inning and finished with an ugly pitching line: 3.0 innings, seven hits, eight runs (six earned) with one walk and two strikeouts. It could have been a different outing had Williams retired the first two unlucky infield balls to start the game. Williams has now allowed 13 earned runs in 14.2 innings this season.
With Jameson Taillon on the DL indefinitely, I don’t expect to Williams to make another spot start and maybe for the Pirates to go to Triple-A to find their 5th starter between the trio of Drew Hutchison, Steven Brault or Tyler Eppler. Another possibility for the next spot start would be Josh Lindblom, who pitched in relief tonight in his second outing this season to help save the bullpen with 4.0 innings pitched.
The offense was silent tonight against Dodgers southpaw Alex Wood. Wood struck out a season-high 11 in five shutout innings with just two hits allowed. The Pirates finally did get on the board in the 6th inning on Jose Osuna‘s RBI single off reliever Ross Stripling to score Mercer.