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Pillar's triple gives Bisons another walk-off win

by Amy Moritz

It was the second straight walk-off win for the Buffalo Bisons as a triple by Kevin Pillar scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth for a 6-5 win over the Charlotte Knights at a wet Coca-Cola Field Saturday afternoon.

It was an inauspicious start for Ricky Romero who gave up three straight hits, including an RBI double. After just one inning, Romero had already thrown 37 pitches, just 17 of them for strikes, and gave up two runs on four this with a pair of walks.

He went four innings, getting tagged for all five Charlotte runs while giving up eight hits with four walks and three strikeouts.

Trailing 3-0 in the second, the Herd got on the board and the offense opened up after a one-out single from Jared Goedert and a throwing error by Charlotte which put runners on first and third. Mike Nickeas had an RBI single and Munenori Kawasaki an RBI double to cut the lead to 3-2.

Two-out hits helped the Knights extend to 5-2 as Tyler Saladino had had an RBI double in the third and Dan Black an RBI single in the fourth.

The Herd rallied with two run sin the seventh. Darin Mastroianni singled and scored on a triple by Ryan Goins. Goins then scored on a two-out single from Dan Johnson.

In the ninth, Mastroianni led off with a single and Goins followed that up with a perfect bunt down the third base line. That set up Pillar who drove the ball to the right field warning track.

Goins hit a walk-off single in the 11th inning Friday night to give the Herd the win.

The series concludes at 1:05 p.m. Sunday.

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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