(bisons.com)-In the middle of a tight playoff race, getting hot at the right time is a must.
The Bisons are clicking on all levels with seven wins in their last 11 games after a 8-5 win over Scranton Wilkes-Barre Sunday afternoon at PNC Field.
Buffalo's offense has scored 14 runs in its last two games, thanks in big part to Kevin Pillar.
The young outfielder has 19 doubles and four triples on the season. All of his hits in this game were for extra bases.
Not even half way through the game, Pillar had already driven in four of the team's six runs. Before this mini hot-streak, Pillar was 3-for-30 at the plate. After a double in the fourth inning, he had five hits and six RBI's in his last seven at-bats.
The Bisons hitters had a huge fourth inning, getting four runs on four hits in the frame.
Third baseman Andy LaRoche started the surge off with a line-drive single to left, followed by another single by Jim Negrych. After a Sean Ochinko walk, Ryan Goins singled in LaRoche to give the Herd a three run lead.
Two batters later, Pillar scorched a double to left, bringing in Ochinko and Goins as the Bisons increased its lead to 6-0 aft the fourth.
Pillar also hit a two-out triple in the top of the third inning to give the Herd an early 2-0 lead.
Right-hander Chien-Ming Wang pitched six shutout innings for the Herd. It was his fifth quality start in a Bisons uniform.
Wang was dominant with five strikeouts and three walks in his seventh start on the mound.
But, the Bisons suffered a scare after Wang left the game.
Reliever John Stilson came into the game and allowed a three-run home run to Melky Mesa in the seventh, cutting the Buffalo lead to 6-3.
The offense got one run back in the both eighth and ninth innings.
Ochinko hit a double to center, scoring Negrych from first base after a walk in the eighth. Pillar had his second double and third hit of the game in the ninth and Moises Sierra drove him in with a sac-fly to give the Bisons some insurance going into the final three outs of the game.
New Hampshire call-up Scott Gracey got his first action with the Herd in the bottom of the ninth.
Gracey gave up a single to Mesa to start, but settled down and struck out his next two batters. He allowed two more singles to Ronnie Mustellier and Brent Lillibridge to cut the Herd's lead to 8-5 before ending the game with a ground ball to shorts