With Vince Velasquez going to the 10-day injured list with a right forearm strain, Irvin got his big opportunity Sunday and didnt disappoint.
Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said prior to the game that Irvin profiled well to face Kansas City because he throws strikes and has a knack for limiting the opponents running game.
Irvin pitched to contact, kept the Royals off-balance and was the beneficiary of Philadelphias six-run uprising following a Kansas City error in the fifth.
Perhaps the most special part of Sundays experience for Irvin was having his mom travel from Portland, Ore., to see him make his MLB debut on Mothers Day. Other family and friends came from various locations and all the travel planning didnt begin until midnight on Friday when Irvin got the news that he was targeted for Sundays start.