Trevor Williams’ big night powers Cubs to another series victory
Trevor Williams lowered his season ERA 61 points Wednesday night.
Williams also raised his batting average 108 points in the same game.
I’d call that a good night at the office.
Williams starred all over the field Wednesday night in Pittsburgh as the Cubs rolled to a 4-1 victory over the Pirates.
It cemented the fourth straight series win for the Cubs and put them in a position to sweep Thursday afternoon.
Williams spent his entire big league career with the Pirates prior to 2021 and got revenge on his old team with 6 strong innings on the mound and 2 hits at the plate. He is now batting .308 on the year and showed some impressive baserunning skills going first to third on a hit.
When asked about his offensive contributions, Williams offered simple analysis:
“I blacked out twice,” he deadpanned.
It was his first quality start since his opening outing of the season (April 5 vs. Milwaukee) and he earned his first win since April 17. It was his first multi-hit game in…well…ever.
David Ross felt like Williams’ fastball command was locked in and called his changeup “exceptional.”
“I loved his tempo, his aggressiveness, first pitch strikes,” Ross said. “I thought it was a really nice performance by Trevor.”
All told, it was Williams’ best game as a Cub.
“Those were some good swings,” David Bote said of his pitcher. “He was fantastic today. He was sensational. That was really fun to be a part of and play behind. He was working quick, the ball was zipping through the zone. A couple times, I looked up there [at the radar gun and it showed] 91 but that looked a lot harder, a lot firmer. It was sharp, crisp. He was pretty special tonight.”
Apart from his own offensive prowess, Williams was backed by a 2-run homer from Bote and a pair of RBI singles by Kris Bryant (both following Williams’ hits).
“At this point in the season, you’re trying to go brick-by-brick and you’re trying to improve every start, take a couple steps forward without taking some backwards,” Williams said. “So we’re trying to positively move forward and it’s a lot of work in between innings.
“Tonight, once the offense got us going and gave us that lead, it was one of those where you can continue to get up on the mound and throw the shutdown innings. The offense came to play early.”