Niagara Gazette — Kevin Pillar broke a scoreless game in extra innings Friday when he scored the winning run in the 11th inning. On Saturday afternoon, he again figured in Buffalo’s late victory against Charlotte by driving the winning run home.
In fact, Pillar drove two runs home with his bottom-of-the-ninth triple to lead the Bisons over the Knights, 6-5, at Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo.
It was the Bisons’ fifth straight win and their third straight against the Knights.
Charlotte jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first and added another run in the second before the Bisons replied with two runs of their own. The Knights added two more runs, one in the third and the other in the following inning, and held the 5-2 lead until the bottom of the seventh.
That’s when the Herd cut the lead to 5-4. Darin Mastroianni bunted to get on base and was then brought home on Ryan Goins’ triple. Goins was later brought home on a single by Dan Johnson.
In the bottom of the ninth, with Buffalo still trailing by one run, Mastroianni singled to get on base. Goins then bunted to get aboard, setting up Pillar’s game-winning triple.
Ryan Tepera (1-1) got the win for the Bisons, who improved their record to 16-10.
Buffalo will try to compete a series sweep against Charlotte at Coca-Cola Field this afternoon when they host the final game of the series, beginning at 1:05 p.m.