Irvin (3-3) earned the win over Toronto on Tuesday, pitching eight innings and allowing one run on three hits and one walk while striking out nine. The southpaw became the first Athletics pitcher to complete eight frames this season while striking out a season-high nine batters. He tossed 71 of 102 pitches for strikes and allowed only one extra-base hit in the contest. The strong outing lowered Irvin's season ERA to 3.09 to go along with a 34:5 K:BB across 35 innings. He has been especially impressive over his past four starts, compiling a 1.42 ERA and 0.99 WHIP. He'll try to keep rolling in his next start, which is tentatively scheduled for Sunday at home versus Tampa Bay.
Irvin (2-3) took the loss Wednesday, allowing two runs on seven hits and a walk over six innings as the A's were blanked 2-0 by the Rays. He struck out eight. The southpaw set a new season high in strikeouts while delivering his second quality start, but it went to waste as Oakland's bats fell silent. Irvin continues to pitch well enough to hang onto a rotation spot, and he'll take a 3.67 ERA and 25:4 K:BB through 27 innings into his next outing.
Irvin (2-2) allowed one run on eight hits and one walk while striking out six in 5.1 innings to earn the win against the Orioles on Friday. Irvin had some trouble limiting traffic on the basepaths Friday, but he was able to minimize run production to earn his second consecutive win. The southpaw gave up four runs in each of his first two starts of the season, but he's now given up just one run while striking out six in 11.1 innings across his last two outings. Irvin will attempt to keep his momentum going on the road against Tampa Bay on Wednesday.
Irvin (1-2) earned the win against Detroit on Saturday, pitching six innings and allowing four hits and no walks while striking out six. After giving up four runs in each of his first two starts, Irvin was masterful Saturday, throwing a first-pitch strike to 17 of 23 batters and yielding zero extra-base hits. He tossed 93 pitches (63 strikes) in his six innings for his first quality start of the campaign. The southpaw will look to build upon the superb outing in his next start, currently slated for Friday at Baltimore.
Irvin (0-2) allowed four runs on five hits and a walk while striking out three over 5.1 innings in a loss to the Astros on Thursday. Irvin continued his regular-season struggles, as he's now given up eight runs (all earned) and 12 hits in 9. innings across two starts. The 27-year-old barely beat out Daulton Jefferies and A.J. Puk for a rotation spot with a great spring, and he's already in danger of losing that role.
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