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Irabu was back after a surgery. He started against the New York Mets, and was able to last 6 innings giving up 4 runs. But his team could not reverse the game and he had to take his 5th loss for the 3 to 4 game. A day after the game, Irabu reported pain in his right elbow and was placed on the injury list.
Irabu was booed as he went up to pitch and when he approached the plate in San Diego for the first time. That's because in 1997, when Padres acquired him, he refused to join them and forced them to trade him to the Yankees. His performance was not hot either. He gave up 5 runs in 5 innings and the Expos lost 2 to 6. Irabu took his 4th loss. Now, Irabu had complained of pain in his right elbow. He had a surgery in Montreal on May 31.
Irabu struck out the most number of batters this season. That's 9 Houston Astros. He helped the game too, not only as pitcher, but he batted in a runner in the 2nd inning. In all, Irabu hurled 5 innings, and gave up 3 runs. The Expo won 8 to 7 and Irabu collected his 2nd win.
Irabu showed his worst performance so far against the Cubs. He gave up 6 runs in 3 innings. But he didn't lose. That's because his team reversed the game in the final inning to win 16 to 15.
In 6 innings, Irabu lost only 2 runs to the Philadelphia Phillies. But his team did not score. In the 9th inning though, his teammates blasted and clinched the game 3 to 2.
Irabu for the first time started in Coors Park which is dreaded by many pitchers. It's located on a 1600meter high plateau, making it ideal to hit homeruns. Irabu was in total turmoil. He gave up 8 runs in only 2 0/3 innings. The Rockies won 16 to 7. Irabu succumbed to his 3rd loss.
In the 5th inning, the San Francisco Giants reversed the game 3 to 1, and Irabu was taken out. But, his team in the 7th, caught up and in the end defeated the Giants 9 to 3. Irabu did not have to take a loss.
Irabu was homered in the 2nd and 4th. And during a total 6 1/3 innings gave up 5 runs. He took his 2nd loss in a 3 to 7 game agains the Brewers.
Apr. 16 Irabu's starting game was delayed a day due to rain. The Philadelphia Phillies caught up with the Expos in the 2nd inning 2 to 2. In the 4th, the Expos batted in 2 runs, and Irabu showed recovery. He hurled a total 6 innings and struck out 8. However, the game ended a win for the Phillies, reversing the game 5 to 4.
Apr. 9 Irabu was a very different man from his first game. He hurled 7 innings giving up only a run. He didn't walk anyone although he had someone on base almost every inning that he's pitched. In the end the Expos defeated the Padres 2 to 1.
Apr. 4 Irabu didn't even last 3 innings. He hurled against the Dodgers. In the 1st inning, he was homered by Devon White. And in the 3rd, he gave up a whooping 5 runs including Gary Sheffield's 2 run homer. Irabu couldn't even take one out that inning. The Expos faced a 4 to 10 defeat.
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