Pillar’s Career Night Leads Bisons Past Braves
LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – On a night when Joey Terdoslavich was announced to the 15th Annual SiriusXM Futures Game, Buffalo outfielder Kevin Pillar stole the show, going 4-for-5 with four doubles and two runs scored to lead the Bisons (40-38) to a 4-3 victory over the Gwinnett Braves (35-46) on Wednesday night.
The G-Braves got off to a great start, taking advantage of three errors and coming up with clutch hits to take a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Todd Cunningham singled, stole second, advanced to third on a groundout by Phil Gosselin and scored on a grounder by Terdoslavich for the game’s first run. Terdoslavich reached on an error by first baseman Luis Jimenez and Ernesto Mejia reached on an error by third baseman Mauro Gomez, putting runners on first and second with one out. Stefan Gartrell and Joe Leonard each picked up RBI singles to make it 3-0.
Jimenez cut into the lead with a solo homer in the top of the fourth. His 14th home run of the season snapped a 13.1-inning scoreless streak by Gwinnett starting pitcher David Hale.
In the fifth, the Bisons would tie up. Sean Ochinko drew a one out walk and advanced to third on a double by Pillar. They both came around to score on a two-run double by Ryan Goins, making it 3-3. Goins attempted to stretch the double into a triple, but was thrown out at third as Terdoslavich recorded his team-leading eighth outfield assist.
Hale exited after 6.0 innings, allowing three runs on six hits and striking out six. After turning in his third quality start of the season, he turned a tie game over to the bullpen.
However, the bullpen had some trouble in the eighth, as the Bisons took the lead in the top of the frame. Pillar connected for his fourth double of the game to lead off the inning, becoming the first Buffalo player in the modern era to record four doubles in a game. He would eventually come around to score on a wild pitch by Wirfin Obispo (L, 1-3). The right-hander’s errant pitch snapped a 14-outing, 17.2-inning scoreless streak, the longest by a Gwinnett pitcher this season.
Thad Weber (W, 3-1) was impressive for the Bisons in the victory. After allowing the three runs in the first inning, he went on to face the minimum in his last six innings of baseball, allowing one hit and striking out three in the process. He went 7.0 innings with three runs, one earned on four hits. Joel Carreno (H, 3) and Brad Lincoln finished off the G-Braves, tossing two scoreless innings to end the game. Lincoln (S, 3) picked up the save, stranding a pair of baserunners in the ninth.
The Gwinnett offense was held to five singles on the night. Terdoslavich, Cunningham, Gartrell, Leonard and Sean Kazmar each had one hit.
Pillar led the Buffalo offense with his four hits. In two games against the G-Braves, he is 5-for-9 with five doubles.
The Gwinnett Braves continue their four game series with the Buffalo Bisons on Thursday night at 6:05 PM. G-Braves right-hander Joe Bisenius (1-0, 4.76) will face off against Bisons right-hander Chad Jenkins (0-3, 11.37). Listen to the game on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play. First pitch is 6:05 PM.
Thursday is another “$3 Thursday” at Coolray Field. Enjoy $3 food and beverage specials all game long. All Lawn Seats are also just $3. To purchase tickets, call the Coolray Field Box Office at (678) 277-0340 or visit gwinnettbraves.com.