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AFL: Phil Irwin Goes Four Innings In Scottsdale’s Sixth Straight Loss

The Scottsdale Scorpions continued their losing ways on Wednesday and two Pirates pitchers allowed most of the damage. They dropped their sixth straight game, falling 7-0 to first place Mesa, a team that came into the day on a three game losing streak. Alex Dickerson was originally the only Pittsburgh Pirates position player in the starting lineup, but he was scratched before the game. No word was given as to why they changed the lineup.arizona_fall_league_logo

Phil Irwin got the start on Wednesday, coming off a rough outing last week in which he allowed six runs on eight hits and three walks in 2.1 innings. Irwin had a tough start to Wednesday’s game, but settled down for the last couple innings.

In the first inning, after retiring the lead-off batter, Irwin hit the next man up. After a wild pitch and stolen base got the runner to third base, Irwin got a ground out for the second out, though it also brought home the first run. He retired the next batter on a line out to third base to end the inning.

In the second inning, Irwin had his most trouble. He retired the first batter on a ground out, then allowed a single, followed by a home run, making the score 3-0. Irwin struck out the next two batters swinging, using a total of eight pitches for the last two outs.

He kept Mesa off the board in the third inning, though he did allow a double. Just like the first two innings, Irwin retired the first batter before allowing a runner to get on base. In the fourth, he finally had a clean inning, ending his day on a high note by retiring the last five hitters he faced. Irwin threw a total of 60 pitches on the day, 36 for strikes. He allowed three runs on three hits, did not issues a walk and he struck out three batters.

Tyler Waldron followed Irwin and he had a rough one inning outing. Waldron gave up two runs on three hits. All three hits were line drive singles. He needed 20 pitches to get through the inning, 14 went for strikes. In six appearances in the AFL, Waldron has allowed six earned runs on nine hits and four walks in 11.1 innings.

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John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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