LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. — Veteran right-hander Shawn Hill, whose career dates back to a big league appearance in 2004 for the Montreal Expos and beyond, was unsuccessful in his first start for the Buffalo Bisons Wednesday night in a 5-0 loss to the Gwinnett Braves before 1,537 on an 84-degree Wednesday night at Coolray Stadium.
Hill, 33, reported to the Herd from Double-A New Hampshire where he was 0-1 with a 4.15 earned-run average. He allowed six hits and two walks in six innings. He was hurt by the long ball as Todd Cunningham homered in the fifth with one on, and Sean Kazmar hit one out in the sixth with the bases empty.
The Bisons managed seven hits in getting shut out for the fourth time this season.
They hit into two double plays and left two runners in scoring position in the eighth when Anthony Gose and Ryan Goins went down swinging against Gwinnett reliever Ryan Buchter.
Kevin Pillar of the Bisons went 0-3, ending his Triple-A best hit streak at 18 games. Pillar averaged .403 (29 for 72) during the streak with 13 RBIs.
Goins had two of the Buffalo hits and Ryan Schimpf also had a pair of hits, including a double in the eighth for the Herd’s only extra-base hit.
The teams will wrap up their four-game series with a morning game today (Radio 1520, 10:35 a.m.) with left-hander Sean Nolin (2-0, 1.55) scheduled to start for the Bisons against left Daniel Rodriguez (3-3, 2.73).