West Virginia Power starting pitcher Phillip Irwin pitched seven no hit innings tonight against Hagerstown, allowing two walks, while striking out eight. Irwin was pulled in the eighth inning for Ryan Kelly, who got the first two outs before allowing a solo homer to make the game 9-1.
This comes about three weeks after West Virginia starter Nathan Baker tossed eight no-hit innings, with no walks and eight strikeouts, before Gabriel Alvarado came on to allow three runs on four hits in the ninth inning. Baker and Irwin were both drafted in the 2009 draft, and both pitched together in the Ole Miss
That start also came against Hagerstown, and like tonight, that game was in Hagerstown. Hagerstown isn’t necessarily a bad hitting team, as they lead the South Atlantic League in team batting average coming in to tonight, and rank fourth in the league in team OPS.
Irwin now has a 2.44 ERA in 73.2 innings of work during the 2010 season with West Virginia, with a 69:13 K/BB ratio. As a player drafted out of college last year, Irwin probably should be in Bradenton right now, just like Baker at the time of his no-hit campaign.