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Updated: April 25, 2011
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First win for Rick van den Hurk
NORFOLK, Virginia (USA) - Dutch pitcher Rick van den Hurk earned his first win of the season on Monday-afternoon when the Norfolk Tides won 5-2 vs. the Durham Bulls (Tampa Bay Rays). The win comes after Van den Hurk lost his first three starts of the season.

On Monday, the righthander threw six fine innings in which he struckout three batters, walked one and gave up only two basehits. After retiring the side in the first inning and leading 3-0, Van den Hurk walked a batter with one out in the second at bat, then two errors led to a run for Durham. In the third inning, another batter of Durham reached on a defensive error by Norfolk, but he was left behind.

In the fourth inning, Van den Hurk should have pitched his fourth hitless inning, but with two outs, a grounder by Robinson Chirinos, that was misplayed by the third baseman, was credited with an infield-hit by the Official Scorer. This appeared to be the lone hit Van den Hurk would give up, as he also got some nice defensive help from his teammates like centerfielder Nolan Reimold, who made a great catch on a fly to deep centerfield by J.J. Furmaniak that opened the fifth at bat.

In the sixth inning, Van den Hurk got two quick outs, meaning he would still be throwing a No-Hitter when the grounder back in the fourth inning was noted as a fielding error. But the discussion of a potential No-Hitter ended when Chris Carter lined a single into rightfield with two outs, but also was left behind.

Hereafter, two relievers completed the game for Van den Hurk. Pat Egan took over in the seventh, then Mark Worrell came on in the eighth inning.

Van den Hurk got offensive help in the first inning when Josh Bell hit a 2-run homerun with two outs and Rhyne Hughes added an RBI-double to give the Tides an early 3-0 lead. After Durham got one run back in the second inning, Norfolk added another run in the fifth when Ryan Adams led off with a homerun. Durham narrowed the deficit to 4-2 in the seventh, but then Norfolk added an insurance run in the eighth when Bell hit his second homerun to make it 5-2.

(April 25)

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