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Walks costly as Bisons drop, 2-1, decision to Louisville

by Amy Moritz

Walks came back to haunt the Buffalo Bisons pitching staff as the Herd dropped a 2-1 decision to the Louisville Bats at Coca-Cola Field Sunday afternoon.

The Bisons issued a total of 12 walks, six with two outs, including walking in the game-tying run in the ninth inning.

Buffalo had taken a 1-0 lead in the eighth.

Ricardo Nanita had a one-out double then Chris Getz, pinch-hitting for Mike Nickeas, doubled down the left field line to score Nanita and give the Herd the 1-0 lead.

The Bats put runners on base in the ninth with a one-out hit and a walk off reliever Gregory Infante. The runners moved up to second and third on a ground out and Infante issued another walk to load the bases with two outs.

John Stilson entered the game and walked Thomas Neal allowing the tying run to cross the plate. A single by Max Ramirez scored another and the Bats took a 2-1 lead.

The Bisons threatened in the bottom of the ninth when with one out Kevin Pillar singled and advanced to third on a single from Dan Johnson but Ryan Schimpf grounded into a double play to end the game.

Starter Ricky Romero issued six walks -- three to load the bases in both the first and second innings -- but surrendered no runs in his five innings of work. Romero finished with four strikeouts while giving up two hits.

The series continues at 6:05 Monday when the Bisons host Louisville.

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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