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Giants' Williams extends scoreless streak in AFL

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Garrett Williams continued his dominant Arizona Fall League pitching streak Monday, tossing five more scoreless innings as the Scottsdale Scorpions defeated the Glendale Desert Dogs, 7-5, at Camelback Ranch.

Williams, the Giants' No. 20 prospect, didn't allow a run for his third consecutive start on his way to his second AFL win this season. He finished his five-inning outing with five strikeouts, no walks and no earned runs.

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Garrett Williams continued his dominant Arizona Fall League pitching streak Monday, tossing five more scoreless innings as the Scottsdale Scorpions defeated the Glendale Desert Dogs, 7-5, at Camelback Ranch.

Williams, the Giants' No. 20 prospect, didn't allow a run for his third consecutive start on his way to his second AFL win this season. He finished his five-inning outing with five strikeouts, no walks and no earned runs.

"Honestly I feel better today than I did last outing," Williams said. "So, progressive movement forward and work from there."

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Through his last three starts, Williams struck out 14 batters, walked only three and allowed no runs. He has a 0.60 ERA through four games and is showing his ability to control games against some of the MLB's top prospects.

"To be able to pitch to such a high level of talent here, with all the prospects and everything, really just getting confidence out of it," Williams said. "Knowing my stuff can play at a higher level and knowing that I have the fastball command and being able to control all of my pitches for strikes. The confidence is there and I'm feeling good."

After struggling through his 2018 Minor League season, where he finished the year 3-9 with a 6.06 ERA, Williams is beginning to show why he is considered one of the Giants' top pitching prospects.

"This season was a grind for me," Williams said. "Kind of struggled it out the whole season, so it was nice to have a clean slate.

"I'm honored to be representing the Giants here. I'm thankful that they chose me, so that gives me some confidence, knowing that they still believe in me and like I said, clean slate … and just working on my stuff, command, and getting better every day."

Williams dueled with Glendale's starter and Orioles prospect, Chris Lee, as each pitcher threw five shutout innings to open the game.

The floodgates opened for Scottsdale during a six-run sixth inning that gave it a lead over Glendale that it held for the remainder of the game.

Taylor Trammell, the Reds' No. 3 prospect (No. 17 overall), went 2-for-5 with two RBIs for Scottsdale, and Mets No. 2 prospect (No. 58 overall) Peter Alonso finished the game 1-for-5 with one RBI.

"I heard that it [Fall League] was fun, it's a blast and so far, I'm having fun," Williams said. "It's an easy, laid-back atmosphere, a lot of great guys here.

"The atmosphere in the locker room is fun. Trying to keep it smooth and easy so, just having fun continuing to play baseball and getting better."

Jake Goodrick is a senior journalism student at Arizona State University. This story is part of a partnership between MLB.com and ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

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