Van den Hurk wins third game
DURHAM, North Carolina (USA) -
Rick van den Hurk has won his third game of the season as starting pitcher for the Norfolk Tides, the Triple-A team of the Baltimore Orioles.
On Friday-evening, the righthander was scheduled to start at home against the Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA Boston Red Sox), but that game was canceled after a long rain delay.
On Saturday-evening, the team was in Durham for the series opening game against the Durham Bulls (AAA Tampa Bay Rays) and Van den Hurk's start moved to this game.
And there, it rained again.
But after a delay of more than three hours, the game finally started and Norfolk won 5-4.
The game started at 10:14 and ended after midnight at 00:50 early Sunday-morning.
Van den Hurk threw six innings in which he delivered 97 pitches (59 for strike).
The righthander struckout two batters, walked one and gave up three runs and five hits, including two homeruns.
Van den Hurk is now 3-7.
In his last two starts, he had a no-decision.
Van den Hurk was supported with three runs in the first inning when Josh Bell hit a 3-run homerun with two outs.
In the home of the fifth inning, with one out, Van den Hurk gave up back-to-back homeruns to Chris Carter and Jose Lobaton.
Norfolk reacted with two runs of its own in the sixth on back-to-back doubles by Rhyne Hughes and Nick Green.
Leading 5-2, Van den Hurk gave up the third run to Durham in the sixth inning.
In the eighth inning, Durham added another run, but that was it for the team that returned home at 7:30 AM on Saturday-morning after having traveled by bus all night from Allentown, where it had played the night before against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
Norfolk also arrived early in the morning after the cancellation the night before.