PITTSBURGH — Trevor Williams made his third start of the season at PNC Park on Friday, going 5.2 innings while allowing three runs on four hits in a 7-2 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.

It’s been an interesting start of the season for Williams. He battled to the last cut in Spring Training for the Pirates’ fifth starter spot and then had to go through the adjustment of being a relief pitcher for the first time while also getting his first full-season taste of the majors.

Then, after Jameson Taillon was diagnosed with testicular cancer, Williams was turned right back into a starter after just a month of relief. It was a big ask for the young pitcher and he’s certainly had his ups and downs in the process.

That’s one of the reasons that he carries a 6.04 ERA, despite being a fairl...

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