Power blanks Greenville; Irwin sent down by Bucs
Josh Bell drove in two runs and Clay Holmes tossed 5 1/3 scoreless innings to lead the West Virginia Power to a 6-0 road win over Greenville on Monday.
Bell, an outfielder, and Holmes, a right-hander, are two of the top 10 prospects for the Power's parent club, the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Bell, the organization's No. 6 prospect, recorded his eighth double, which leads the South Atlantic League, and increased his season RBI total to 14, which is second in the SAL to teammate Stetson Allie.
Holmes, the No. 10 prospect of the Pirates, had his second consecutive scoreless outing to lead the Power's dominating pitching performance. Holmes combined with two relievers to strike out seven and allow four hits in the nine-inning shutout.
Pirates send down former Power pitcher Irwin
PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Pirates have optioned right-handed pitcher Phil Irwin to Triple-A Indianapolis and called up outfielder Alex Presley.
Irwin, who pitched for the West Virginia Power in 2010, made a spot start in Sunday's 10-7 win over Cincinnati but did not factor in the decision, giving up five runs, four earned on six hits in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out four and walked four. Irwin started in place of Wandy Rodriguez, who is nursing a strained left hamstring.
Presley hit .357 with a home run and two RBI in seven games for Indianapolis.
Pittsburgh minor league right-handed pitcher Kyle McPherson will not pitch for two weeks due to forearm discomfort. McPherson, who competed for the Pirates fifth starting spot in spring training, received an anti-inflammatory injection on Monday. He will be re-evaluated at the end of the month. Irwin, 26, appeared in 23 games (20 starts) for the Power in 2010, going 6-3 with a 3.35 ERA in 113 innings.