LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. — Kevin Pillar has been with the Buffalo Bisons for less than a week, but he already has his name in the Herd record book.
Pillar doubled, his fourth two-bagger of the game, and scored the winning run on a wild pitch in the eighth inning of the Bisons’ 4-3 come-from-behind victory over the Gwinnett Braves Wednesday night before 4,374 at Coolray Field.
Pillar is the first in the Bisons’ modern era with four doubles in a game. According to the team record book, three doubles in a game has been accomplished 25 times since 1985.
Pillar led off the game with a double and had two-basers in the third, fifth and eighth innings, giving him six in his six games with Buffalo. He was promoted from Double A New Hampshire last Friday. His 4-for-5 night lifted his average with the Herd to .391 after he batted .313 in 72 games for New Hampshire in the Eastern League. The 24-year-old right-hand hitting outfielder from West Hills, Calif., played at Cal State-Dominquez Hills in Compton, Calif.
Gwinnett scored three in the first inning with the help of two of the three Buffalo errors in the frame. After that, Buffalo starter Thad Weber (3-1) and relievers Joel Carreno and Brad Lincoln shut out the Braves on two hits. Over the next seven innings, the Herd pitchers faced the minimum 21 batters. Lincoln closed it out in the ninth after yielding a leadoff single to Joey Terdoslavich and a walk.
The only base runner was Sean Kazmar, who led off the fifth with a single to center but was erased when Todd Cunningham lined into a double play.
Buffalo began its comeback in the fourth when Luis Jimenez led off with his 14th home run and his 56th RBI.
Chad Jenkins (0-3, 7.78) will start against right-hander Joe Bisenius of the Braves (1-0, 4.76) tonight (6:05 p.m., Radio 1520).