by Amy Moritz
It was an eight-pitch at-bat.
Adron Chambers fouled off three pitches as the count ran full. The bases were loaded with two outs and the Buffalo Bisons trailed, 2-1.
Chambers finally found his pitch and lined a single up the middle, scoring two runs to give the Bisons the lead. The Herd would go on to win, 4-2, over the Indianapolis Indians in front of 13,173 at Coca-Cola Field Friday night.
"Man it was a game-winner that's all I can really say about it. It's a good at-bat," Chambers said. Reliever Vin Mazzaro "threw some good pitches. I kinda fought some off and finally got a good one to put in play."
Chambers had been 0 for 3 heading into that plate appearance, striking out twice and grounding out to second. The difference in that final at-bat?
"Hit the ball," he said with a laugh. "It's crazy how baseball is, you know what I mean. You can go through whole game looking like crap and then the last at-bat is the one that decides the game. It was just a lot of focus that last at-bat. I kinda beared down. I didn't want to do what I did in those at-bats before. I got a good pitch and I was able to put it in play."
Pillar added an RBI on a ground rule double in the seventh while Ryan Schimpf hit his eighth home run of the year in the fifth inning.
Starter Brad Mills pitched well, giving up two runs on four hits with five strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings.
Ryan Tepera (5-3) picked up the win, pitching a scoreless 1 1/3 innings with one walk. Bobby Korecky notched his 17th save with a perfect ninth.
With the win, the Bisons finish their homestand with an 8-2 record. They play their next nine games on the road starting with a four-game series in Norfolk on Saturday.