NORFOLK, Va. – The running game helped the Buffalo Bisons gain a 2-1 victory over the Norfolk Tides on Sunday night before 4,220 at Harbor Park. Both Buffalo runs came after baserunners moved into scoring position with stolen bases.
Kevin Pillar stole his eighth base in his last eight games to move into scoring position and tally the first Bisons run in the sixth inning. In the seventh, Jonathan Diaz stole second, moved on a wild pitch and scored the winner on Adron Chambers’ sacrifice fly.
Pillar’s steal was the eighth in his last eight attempts and 24th of the season, fourth most in the International League. Also, his leadoff single in the sixth extended his hitting streak to 10 games.
Sean Nolin (4-4) pitched five innings to get the win, his second in a row since he spent 30 games on the disabled list with a left groin strain. He has allowed no earned runs in his last two starts totaling 11 innings. The only run Nolin allowed Sunday was unearned, a result of his own throwing error that allowed leadoff batter Francisco Peguero to reach in the third inning. Peguero took second on the error, moved to third on an infield out and scored on a single by Quintin Berry.
Bobby Korecky, the third of three Bisons relievers, put the Tides down in order in the ninth for his 19th save.
Ubaldo Jiminez, on a rehab assignment from the Baltimore Orioles, pitched six innings for the Tides, allowing three walks and five hits. He left with no decision.