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Bisons walk all over Tides

NORFOLK, Va. -- Scoring all their runs after two were out, the Buffalo Bisons took advantage of nine walks and a hit batsmen and pounded the Norfolk Tides, 16-2, in a rain-shortened International League game Sunday at Harbor Park. The game was called after 7 1/2 innings.

The win gave the Herd a split of the four-game series as Buffalo moved on to Durham to open a four-game set against the Bulls tonight (Radio 1520, 7:05 p.m.).

After Valentino Pascucci got the Bisons in front with a two-run homer in the first inning, the Herd had two five-run frames and another four-run inning in breaking things open.

Pascucci's homer was his eighth and gave him a team-leading 45 RBIs.

Nick Evans and Luis Hernandez each drove in five runs for Buffalo.

Evans had a two-run double in the Herd's four-run third, a two-run single in the five-run fourth and a bases-loaded walk in the five-run eighth. Hernandez singled home two runs in the third, doubled for two more in the fourth and had an RBI single in the eighth.

Buffalo had 12 hits and left only five runners on base.

Pat Misch (2-4) pitched the complete seven innings for Buffalo, allowing four hits, walking two and striking out two. The tarp was put on the field prior to the Tides batting in the eighth inning. The game was officially called after a 36-minute delay.

Norfolk starter Steve Johnson, who was called up from Double-A Bowie earlier in the day, walked seven batters in 3 2/3 innings. He allowed 10 runs on just four hits. Brandon Snyder drove in both Tides runs in the sixth on a bloop single to right.

The Herd's Michael Fisher extended his hit streak to 13 games with a single in the fifth inning.

Dylan Owen (2-3, 5.00) who was scheduled to start Sunday, will get the assignment against the Durham Bulls and Chris Bootcheck (2-1, 3.82) tonight.

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