By Mike Harrington
Bisons outfielder Kevin Pillar, who extended his hitting streak to 16 games during Sunday's win over Charlotte, was named the International League Batter of the Week today. Pillar's streak is the longest current one in the league.
Pillar hit .444 for the week (12 for 27) with nine RBIs as the Bisons won their final six games of a 7-1 homestand to take over first place in the IL North Division. Among his highlights were a 4-for-4 game in last Monday's 17-5 thrashing of Louisville, scoring the only run in Friday's 1-0, 11-inning victory over Charlotte and lashing a two-run walkoff triple in the bottom of the ninth Saturday to beat the Knights, 6-5.
Pillar enters tonight's series opener at Gwinnett batting .275 with 15 RBIs. After opening the season in a 1-for-24 slump, he has batted .341 since -- and is batting .385 since April 17. Pillar is Buffalo's first IL batter honoree since Luis Jimenez took the honor April 15-21, 2013.
The IL Pitcher of the Week is Columbus' Josh Tomlin, who tossed a three-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts Thursday at Durham. Tomlin, who pitched one game for the Bisons in 2008, is 2-1, 2.06 in five starts for Columbus this year but is expected to be promoted to Cleveland to make Tuesday's start against Minnesota. He went 12-7 for the Tribe in 2011.
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