(bisons.com)-Too many free passes finally came back to bite the Herd.
Louisville drew 12 walks, including three in the ninth inning, to rally past Buffalo, 2-1, on Sunday afternoon at Coca-Cola Field.
The Bats were patient throughout the afternoon, but were in danger of wasting a ton of baserunners. Louisville found themselves trailing after Buffalo got a pinch-hit RBI-double from Chris Getz in the bottom of the eighth inning to snap a scoreless tie.
Already with 11 men left through the first eight frames, Louisville was finally able to break through against the Bisons bullpen. Jason Bourgeois singled to center with one out and Ruben Gotay and Mike Costanzo drew walks off Herd newcomer, Gregory Infante. Down to his final strike, Thomas Neal watched a full-count offering from John Stilson sail just low of the zone to pick up the bases-loaded base on balls.
With the score now tied, Max Ramirez gave Louisville the only lead they would need with a roller through the right side of the Bisons' infield. The 2-1 defeat was the Bisons first in 2014 when leading after eight innings.
Buffalo's bats were silenced by former Herd hurler, Chien-Ming Wang. The righty retired 14 in a row at one point and didn't issue a walk while striking out six. When his Louisville teammates rallied in the ninth inning, he went from being a hard-luck loser to picking up his second win of the season.
Ricky Romero started for the Bisons and tossed five innings of shutout baseball. The southpaw allowed just two hits, but did issue six of the Herd's 12 free passes.