AFL: Phil Irwin Makes His Final Fall Start
Nov12

AFL: Phil Irwin Makes His Final Fall Start

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...

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AFL: Three Hits For Alen Hanson In Win
Nov07

AFL: Three Hits For Alen Hanson In Win

On Wednesday night in the Arizona Fall League, the Scottsdale Scorpions picked up their third straight win. The 7-4 victory over Surprise came on a night that Phil Irwin started for Scottsdale and two Pittsburgh Pirates players were in the starting lineup. Prior to this current mini winning streak, the Scorpions lost eight in a row.   Alen Hanson led off for Scottsdale in the bottom of the first and lined a single into right field. He...

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AFL: Phil Irwin Goes Four Innings In Scottsdale’s Sixth Straight Loss
Oct30

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...

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AFL: Alen Hanson Homers In Loss, Phil Irwin Struggles
Oct24

AFL: Alen Hanson Homers In Loss, Phil Irwin Struggles

The Scottsdale Scorpions lost to Mesa today by a 7-4 score, dropping their record to 7-7 on the season. Three Pittsburgh Pirates players were in the starting lineup, Phil Irwin was the starter and Zack Thornton came out of the bullpen. Irwin ended up taking the loss. Alen Hanson was batting second and came up in the first inning with a man on first. He quickly made the score 2-0, belting his first homer of the AFL season. In his...

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The Pirates Have Plenty of Starting Pitching Depth in 2014
Oct22

The Pirates Have Plenty of Starting Pitching Depth in 2014

One of the biggest keys to the 2013 season for the Pittsburgh Pirates was their pitching depth. The Pirates used 12 different starting pitchers, and most of those starters were used in the first three months of the season. That didn’t count guys like Jeff Karstens and Kyle McPherson, who were counted on pre-season as depth options, but weren’t available due to injuries. The off-season focus is always on the five man...

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