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

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.

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.

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