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.