Altoona's pitching continued to shut down Bowie's offense, giving the Curve their third straight road win over the Baysox, 2-0.  Phil Irwin threw seven shutout innings, allowing only four hits, walking none and fanning four.  The Curve got all their offense in the first when Andrew Lambo lined a 2-run HR far over the centerfield fence.

Irwin doesn't get a lot of swings and misses, but he showed good command throughout his seven innings and seldom fell behind in the count.  He reportedly saw his fastball velocity increase last year to around 94, but today he was throwing 89-91.  In the early going he mixed in a hard curve that came in around 83.  Later on he started throwing an upper-70s curve with a little more break.  Both pitches were generally effective as he was usually able to thro...

To continue reading the rest of this article, subscribe to Pirates Prospects. Subscribers get access to every article on the site, along with all of our exclusive live coverage of the Pirates' minor league system, all for a very low monthly or yearly rate.

If you're already a member, you can log in below. If you think you're receiving this message in error, please e-mail