Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Dodgers 12, Pirates 1 Williams Stumbles, Pirates Offense Ties Club Strikeout Record in 12-1 Loss

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Dodgers 12, Pirates 1 Williams Stumbles, Pirates Offense Ties Club Strikeout Record in 12-1 Loss

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LOS ANGELES - Ready or not, the starting job now belongs to Trevor Williams. The rookie right-hander inherited a rotation spot when fellow starter Jameson Taillon underwent surgery for suspected testicular cancer and, according to manager Clint Hurdle, Williams will remain there.

"We're going to see what he can make of it," Hurdle said before Monday's game.

Williams' father, Richard, who in September earned internet acclaim for his emotional reaction to his son's first major league win, sat eight rows behind home plate Monday night at Dodger Stadium. He held a scorebook and recorded each ball and strike, each batter and baserunner.

The ink necessary to log the first inning of the Pirates' 12-1 defeat might have bled the pen dry. Spurred by a six-run opening frame and a splendid start from left-hander Alex Wood, the Los Angeles Dodgers captured the first game of the series in runaway fashion.

Williams lasted only three innings, allowing eight runs, six earned. He was already on a pitch cap, since he'd spent the past month as a long reliever, and a 40-pitch first inning sapped his reserve. He allowed eight hits, including two home runs, and walked one on 75 pitches. The problems - the primary ones, anyway - were extended counts and missed slider locations.

Wood, the Dodgers' starter, had his way with the Pirates, striking out 11 over five scoreless innings. He gave up two hits, both singles, and issued one walk.

The Dodgers (18-14) began the boat race inauspiciously enough, fueled by a pair of 40-foot dribblers along the first-base line. The first was ruled a base hit, though Williams might have had a shot at it, and the second Williams fielded fine. His underhanded toss, however, was high and wide.

With one away, Cody Bellinger walked, and the Dodgers cranked the knob on their weak contact. Joc Pederson ripped a run-scoring single to right field. …

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