Five consecutive losses for Rick van den Hurk
NORFOLK, Virginia (USA) -
Since being the winning pitcher on June 22, Dutch pitcher Rick van den Hurk has made five more starts, but was the losing pitcher in each of these outings.
So far this season, Van den Hurk has started 19 games and threw 110 2/3 inning.
The righthander struckout 63 batters, walked only 28, but gave up 105 basehits (including 18 homeruns) and 67 runs (60 earned).
He is currently 5-12 with a 4.88 ERA.
After his win on June 22 vs. the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, Van den Hurk started five days later vs. Buffalo Bisons, threw six innings, gave up nine hits and was the losing pitcher.
His next assignment came on July 2 at home vs. Charlotte Knights.
He again pitched six innings, struckout six and gave up only four hits (including two homeruns), but nevertheless ended up empty-handed again.
On July 7, Van den Hurk started vs. Durham Bulls, threw seven innings, but gave up seven hits, including three homeruns and again was the losing pitcher.
A week later, on July 14, Rick threw six innings in his start vs. Gwinnett Braves and gave up four hits, but suffered another loss.
Next, on July 19, he was the losing pitcher in his fifth consecutive start, this time vs. Toledo Mud Hens, giving up five hits (two homeruns) in 6 1/3 inning.
Rick van den Hurk will start his next game for the Norfolk Tides tonight (Sunday) at home vs. the Gwinnett Braves in Game 2 of a double-header.
Saturday's game between the Tides and Braves was interrupted by rain after one inning and then was suspended.
The game will resume today in the second inning as part of a double-header, to be followed by the regularly scheduled game.
Scheduled double-headers in the minor league will exist of only seven innings per game, but the first (make-up)game will go over nine innings, while the second game (which is Rick's game) will be a 7-inning game.