No-decision for Van den Hurk in 10th start
PAWTUCKET, Rhode Island (USA) -
Rick van den Hurk threw six fine innings on Monday-evening and was one out away from winning his third game of the season, but then opponent Pawtucket Red Sox came alongside and force extra innings.
In the 13th inning, the Norfolk Tides re-took the lead and went on to win 5-4 in this game, which lasted four hours and 13 minutes.
Van den Hurk last's appeareance was eight days ago on May 22.
Up to now, he had a decision in all of his previous nine starts, but not tonight.
Norfolk took an 1-0 lead in the fourth inning when Josh Bell homered, but after leaving runners on second and third base in the home of the fourth, Pawtucket came alongside in the fifth off Van den Hurk.
In the sixth, Norfolk re-took the lead by scoring twice on a single and sacrifice fly to make it 3-1.
Pawtucket added a run in its sixth when Van den Hurk walked lead-off hitter Hector Luna and then an one-out triple to Lars Anderson, who stranded at third base.
In the seventh, Norfolk scored what appeared to be an insurance run that made it 4-2.
In the home of the seventh, Van den Hurk was relieved by Troy Patton, who saw two batters reach with one out.
After a pop-out, Patton was relieved by Pat Egan, who gave up an RBI-single, but then ended the inning with runners on second and third base.
In the ninth inning, closer Armando Gabino took over for Egan, walked a batter, but picked him off.
He then also walked next hitter Daniel Nava, who was replaced by Taiwanese Che-Hsuan Lin, who then moved when another walk followed.
Moments later, Lin scored the tying run on a 2-out single.
A flyout followed, but the score had become 4-4.
With this, Van den Hurk's third victory turned into a no-decision.
The righthander struckout two and walked three in the six innings he pitched and gave up five basehits.
In the top of the 13th inning, Brandon Snyder led off with a homerun that gave Norfolk its third lead in the game and led to a 5-4 victory.