In Arizona Fall League action from Tuesday afternoon, Phil Irwin made his final start for Scottsdale and ran into trouble after being spotted a big early lead. Tyler Waldron followed him and picked up the loss in the 9-7 defeat to Surprise, dropping the Scorpions to 10-19 on the season.
Phil Irwin came into the game with a 1-2, 7.71 record in four starts, allowing 15 hits and five walks, while striking out 11 in 11.2 innings. The Surprise stadium has Pitch F/X, one of two teams in the league that has it available.
In the first inning, Irwin started with a 2-0 lead already and walked the lead-off batter on four pitches. He got a ground out from the second hitter, which moved the runner to second base. The next batter flew out to center field for the second out. Irwin couldn't get out of the inning unscathed, as the clean-up batter lined a double into center field to make it a 2-1 score. He got the final out on a ground ball to shortstop. Irwin was sitting 88-89 MPH with his fastb...
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