Bisons Win 4-2, Sweep IronPigs

( For the fourth-straight night, the IronPigs got on the scoreboard with a run in the first inning. And for the fourth consecutive game, the Bisons had them right where they wanted them.

The Herd rallied once again Monday night, completing a sweep of the IronPigs with a 4-2 victory from Coca-Cola Field. The victory was Buffalo's fifth straight and sixth in seven games during a season-long 10-game homestand.

The night, however, didn't come without a major loss for the team. Shortly after first pitch, the team learned that the Blue Jays traded All-Star starter Liam Hendriks and catcher Erik Kratz to the Royals in exchange for third baseman Danny Valencia.

"It's definitely a huge loss to the team," Kevin Pillar said. "Everytime Liam takes the mound, we know if we get a couple runs early it's going to be a pretty game for us. He keeps the fielders in the game because he doesn't walk guys and he pounds the zone. He's been lights out for us."

It took the Bisons just three batters to erase the damage done by Maikel Franco's solo blast. Pillar followed Adron Chambers' one-out walk in the bottom of the first with his fifth home run of the season, lofting a Sean O'Sullivan delivery into the pavilion area in right-centerfield.

"It's a good group of guys, we enjoy winning," Pillar said. "We play well together, we have fun on the field, have fun off the field. We all understand the best way to get back up is win games. Guys at the big league level want winners and that's what we're trying to do down here."

Pillar was a thorn in the IronPigs side throughout the four-game sweep. He also drove in two runs in both of Buffalo's victories on Saturday and Sunday and finished the set with eight hits in 17 at-bats.

Buffalo tacked on solo runs in the second and third innings. Jonathan Diaz's sac fly brought home Kevin Nolan to put the Bisons up 3-1. Ryan Schimpf beat out a potential double play to cash in the Herd's fourth run.

Radhames Liz picked up his first Bisons win with five innings of two-run ball. He gave way to a trio of relievers as Mike Zagurski, Sergio Santos and Bobby Korecky nailed down the win. Zagurski struck out four of the six batters he faced and Korecky earned his 16th save of the season.

Pillar went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer to lead the Bisons' seven-hit attack. The Herd went 1-for-3 with runners in scoring position.


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