The Bisons scored a season high 16-runs as they cruised to a, 16-2, win and a series split with Norfolk at Harbor Park Sunday.
Both Nick Evans and Luis Hernandez notched five RBI in Sunday's game accounting for two-thirds of the Herd's runs on Sunday. The Bisons sent nine-men to the plate twice in the game, once in the fourth and for a second time in the eighth.
The Bisons took a page out of Norfolk's book scoring a majority of their runs in the first four-innings, including two on a homerun off the bat of Valentino Pascucci into the left-field seats during the first-inning. It was the Herd's 50th homerun of the season and Pascucci's eighth of the 2011 campaign.
The Herd put up four more runs in the third-inning after Tides starter Steve Johnson walked two Bisons and hit Pascucci to load the bases with one-out. After getting Jason Botts to fly-out, Johnson gave up a double to Nick Evans plating two-runs.
Luis Hernandez followed Evans example by singling into center-field scoring both Evans and Pascucci pushing the Herd's lead, 6-0.
Johnson didn't pitch long into the fifth after walking Michael Fisher, allowing a single to Jesus Feliciano and walking Zach Lutz to load the bases again with two-outs. His replacement Josh Rupe allowed two-runs to score on a single into center-field by Evans, his third and fourth RBI of the game.
Hernandez duplicated Evans by doubling into center-field scoring Evans and Botts, bringing his RBI total to four and giving the Bisons a, 11-0 lead.
Norfolk got to Bisons starter Pat Misch in the sixth inning putting up two-runs. Misch worked seven-innings giving up four-hits, two-runs, and striking out two. Until the sixth-inning Misch had retired eight batters in a row.
Michael Fisher kept his hit-streak alive getting a single in the fifth and reaching base safely for the 13th game in a row. The longest streak of the season belongs to Kirk Nieuwenhuis who had a 16-game hit-streak that Fisher is fast approaching.
The Herd added five-runs in the eighth inning, two of the five coming courtesy of Evans bases-loaded-walk and a single by Luis Hernandez giving each their fifth RBI of the game. Eight of the 16-runs scored after being walked by Norfolk pitchers.
The game was called after a 32 minute rain delay in between the top and bottom of the eighth inning.
Game Notes: Michael Fisher extend his hit streak to 13-games with a single in the fifth inning. Fisher scored a run after walking in the third-inning, and added a double in the the eighth inning...Nick Evans and Luis Hernandez both had five RBI, both earning their fifth in the eighth inning...The Bisons scored a season high 16-runs in Sundays day game, half of the 16-runs were walks handed out by Norfolk.
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