Van den Hurk throws good, but suffers another loss
NORFOLK, Virginia (USA) -
On Sunday-evening, Rick van den Hurk threw eight solid innings, struckout five batters and gave up only four basehits, but nevertheless ended up empty-handed again, as the Norfolk Tides lost 2-1 to the Louisville Bats (Cincinnati Reds).
Norfolk also hit only four basehits off Louisville-starter Chad Reineke, who also threw eight innings.
Both teams scored in the first inning.
Van den Hurk gave up a lead-off homerun to Zack Cozart, but then retired the next nine batters in a row, before giving up a lead-off single in the fourth at bat.
Van den Hurk then again retired nine batters.
Norfolk tied the score in the home of the first, but that was to be their lone run.
In the seventh inning, Van den Hurk gave up a lead-off single to Juan Francisco, who then scored on an one-out double by Jeremy Hermida.
Initially, Van den Hurk was scheduled to start the game on Saturday, but instead Mitch Atkins started, who was just promoted from Double-A.
Therefore, Van den Hurk's match-up with Dontrelle Willis (who started for Louisville) didn't took place.
In 2007, Van den Hurk and Willis were teammates when the two played in the Major League for the Florida Marlins.
Norfolk won the game 8-6, while Willis had to leave the game after two innings due to an injury.