Jerome Williams has beaten the A's three times this year ... for three different teams
Jerome Williams is having a bit of an odd season. The veteran hurler opened up the year as a member of the Astros' bullpen. In 26 appearances he earned 6.04 ERA, striking out 38 batters over 47 2/3 innings before being traded to a different team in Texas.
In two starts for the Rangers, Williams went 1-1 with a 9.90 ERA while throwing only 10 innings. The Rangers designated Williams for assignment, but he was claimed off waivers by the Phillies, who inserted him into their starting rotation.
For the Phils, Williams has gone 4-2 with a 2.45 ERA while logging 51 1/3 innings over eight starts.
What do Williams' contributions to the Astros, Rangers and Phillies have in common? He beat the Athletics for all three ballclubs.
On April 26, Williams pitched two innings of relief for the 'Stros and gave up a three-run homer to Brandon Moss in the ninth inning, but it came on the heels of a four-run bottom of the eighth for Houston and Raul Valdes came on to get the last two outs, helping Williams to his first win over the Athletics.
On July 25, Williams got the start for the Rangers, striking out four and surrendering five hits and a lone earned run in six innings of work against the A's. The Rangers won outright, 4-1.
On Saturday, Sept. 20, Williams was again on the hill for the Phillies with the A's occupying the visiting dugout. Williams tossed seven innings of four-hit baseball as the Fightins blanked Oakland, 3-0.
The win moved Williams to 6-7 on the year with a 4.71 ERA over 109 innings. It also cemented him as the first Major League pitcher to ever beat the same team for three different franchises in a single season.