Van den Hurk suffers sixth loss
ALLENTOWN, Pennsylvania (USA) -
On Monday-evening, Rick van den Hurk started his eighth game of the season for the Norfolk Tides.
In Allentown, he faced the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Seattle Mariners), who won 4-3.
Van den Hurk, who threw five innings, was the losing pitcher and is now 2-6.
On a cold evening, the Tides took an 1-0 lead in the second inning when Josh Bell singled and scored on a 2-out double by Brendan Harris.
But the IronPigs tied the score in the home of the second inning when Van den Hurk gave up an one-out homerun to Josh Barfield.
Brandon Moss then followed with a double and advanced on a grounder by Jeff Larish.
With two outs, Van den Hurk struckout Erik Kratz, but the third strike ended in a wild pitch, which enabled Moss to score.
However, catcher John Hester made a bad throw to first base and could have eliminated Kratz with a good throw, preventing the run.
...Coca-Cola Park, the home of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in Allentown...
(© Photo: Marco Stoovelaar)
The IronPigs added two more runs in the third inning.
With one out, veteran Ronnie Belliard doubled, then advanced to third base when Van den Hurk made a throwing error during a pick-off attempt to second base.
A strikeout followed and Van den Hurk then also struckout next hitter Delwyn Young, but again the ball went into the ground for a wild pitch that led to a run.
Hereafter, Josh Barfield and Brandon Moss both singled to make it 4-1.
In the fourth, Nolan Reimold homered for Norfolk to narrow the deficit to 4-2, but the team also left two runners behind.
In the home of the fourth, Van den Hurk got the bases loaded on a single and two walks, but he then fielded a comeback-grounder and retired the batter to end the inning.
Norfolk got the chance to do something back in the fifth inning when it got the bases loaded with one out, but then a runner was forced out at home and a flyout ended the inning.
In the home of the fifth, Van den Hurk gave up a lead-off single, but then struckout the next two batters and ended with a flyout.
Norfolk scored one more run in the eighth inning on a triple by Brendan Harris.