No-decision Van den Hurk in Softbank Hawks win

With the Pacific League's Climax Series (the NPB semi-finals) tied at two, thanks to an extra win awarded to the Softbank Hawks as the winner of the regular competition, the Softbank Hawks took on the Rakuten Golden Eagles in game four and beat their opponent 4-3 after blowing a 2-0 lead. In game four, Dutchie Rick …

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Two-hitter for Rick van den Hurk

Another superb outing for Rick van den Hurk. The tall Dutchman of the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks pitched a two-hitter over seven innings. Rick got plenty of run support, so he earned his twelfth win of the season. Today, Rick dominated the Seibu Lions' lineup as he cruised through seven innings as his pitches topped 93 …

Van den Hurk clinches 9th win of season

Dutch pitcher of the Softbank Hawks, Rick van den Hurk, has clinched his ninth victory today with a 5-1 win over the lowly Orix Buffaloes. Rick lasted eight innings on the mound and threw 119 pitches to accomplish the feat. Rick gave up a run in the first inning when Yoshida Masanori scored on Masahiro …

Van den Hurk clinches first win

Rick van den Hurk earned his first win of the 2017 season. After two losses, Rick bounced back in an old fashioned way in which he was flat out dominating. Unlike his previous two starts, in which Rick was pulled after only 4.2 and 5 inning, Rick lasted eight full frames today. The only two …

Van den Hurk leads Hawks to play off win

As winner of the Pacific League, the Nippon Ham Fighters already had an extra win on their account and after they won two games, the team had a 3-1 lead over the Softbank Hawks in the second stage of the Climax Series, the NPB's semi final. So it was a must win situation for the …

Van den Hurk wins first start since coming off DL

In his first start since being activated from the disabled list, Rick van den Hurk was as sharp as usual. In six innings, the tall Dutchman threw ninety-one pitches, faced twenty-five hitters, walked one, struck out seven and allowed two runs on six hits. Even though the lowly Orix Buffaloes scored two runs with Rick …

Van den Hurk likely to rejoin Ichi-Gun team this week

After a long period on the disabled list (since June), Rick van den Hurk recently threw a few Ni-Gun (minor league) starts. Especially his second start was very successful. In five innings he allowed three hits, walked none and struck out six. In the previous article about Rick van den Hurk, it was mentioned that …

Next step in rehab for Van den Hurk

Yesterday, Dutch star pitcher of the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks, Rick van den Hurk pitched his second game for the Ni-Gun team of the Hawks as part of his rehab. Rick has been sidelined with signs of fatigue and little ailments since June. Ever since he has had several checkups at various hospitals. The Hakws clearly …

Return of Rick van den Hurk pushed back

According to YakyuDB, Rick van den Hurk has developed a pain in the neck while playing catch on June 21. Because of this pain his return to the Softbank Hawks has been pushed back. Hawks manager Kimiyasu Kudo has not put a time table on Rick's return. Two weeks ago, Van den den Hurk was removed …

Van den Hurk’s streak ends, Balentien has 12 homeruns now

Unfortunately Rick van den Hurk wasn't able to extend his record of fourteen wins without recording a loss. Last week he broke the 50-year old record by winning the game vs the Chiba Lotte Marines, in which he struck out ten batters and gave up only one run.  Wladimir Balentien is hitting rather well lately, …

Van den Hurk breaks NPB pitching record

A fifty year old record in the NPB fell today as Rick van den Hurk clinced his fourteenth victory without recording a loss. The previous record for rookie pitchers and foreign pitchers stood at thirteen. In a close game Rick had a formidable opponent in Ayumu Ishikawa, who gave up only two runs.  In the …

Van den Hurk doesn’t clinch record setting 14th win yet

Today the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks took on the Nippon Ham Fighters in Sapporo. On the mound for the team from Fukuoka was Rick van den Hurk, who was on pace to break the record of consecutive win for a new pitcher in the NPB and for a foreign pitcher in the NPB.  With a 4-0 record …

Instead of playing, Hawks and Eagles raised funds

The games between the Softbank Haws and the Rakuten Golden Eagles of Friday and Saturday were cancelled due to the earthquakes that struck the area south of Fukuoka on the island of Kyushu the southernmost of the four main islands of Japan. After the area was hit by a powerful earthquake on Thursday, another one …

What to expect from the Dutchies this year? Rick van den Hurk

With Spring Training at full swing now, it is time to see how the players from the Kingdom of the Netherlands will do in the upcoming season. Of course there is no crystal ball and it is still up in the air, but in general you can make a decent prediction based on the performance of …

Mariners sign Korean DH/1B Lee to 1-year contract

The website of the Mariners has not put on the message yet but according to a Twitter account, former Softbank Hawks slugger/DH/1B Dae Ho Lee has signed a one year deal worth a reportedly $4 million with the team from Seattle. The Japanese baseball website yakyubaka.com announced on January 30, that Lee extended his stay …

Jason Standridge draws interest of Chiba Lotte Marines

Team mate of Rick van den Hurk, Jason Standridge is drawing interest of the Chiba Lotte Marines. Standridge (37) has become free agent after winning the NPB title with the Fukuoka Sofbank Hawks. Standridge appeared in 23 regular season games and posted a 10-7 record with a 3.74 ERA.  Standridge was kind of outperformed by …

No-decision for Van den Hurk: doesn’t extend his record yet.

Rick van den Hurk started today's game vs the Seibu Lions. In an attempt to clinch his eighth victory of the season. Rick pitched five innings in which he needed 104 pitches to get a total of six strikeouts and three walks. After the fifth Rick handed over a one run lead but eventually got the …