Bisons end season with blowout win
There was only one game left in the 2010 season, but that was plenty of time for Justin Turner to make a little history.
Turner became the first Bisons player in 74 years to collect six hits in a game as the Herd blew out the Red Wings, 16-1, in the club’s season finale on Monday afternoon from Frontier Field. Turner hit for the cycle, the Herd’s first in six seasons, as Buffalo finished the 2010 campaign with 76 wins on the year.
The win total is 20 more than their 56-win season of 2009. The 76 victories are also the most for the team since going 82-62 in 2005, the last time Buffalo made it to the post season.
In a game that was loaded with offense, Turner shined the brightest. In one day, the Bisons’ top hitter raised his average from .305 to .316 going 6-6 with three singles, a double, his first triple of the season and his 12th home run of the year. He scored four times and also drove in a run as Buffalo scored in seven of the nine innings.
Six hits in one game had yet to be accomplished by a Bisons player in the modern era. You have to go back to June 29, 1936 when Howard “Butch” Meyers went 6-7 in a game also in Rochester. Turner’s cycle was the Herd’s first since Mark Little on April 26, 2004 at Frontier Field.
After an RBI-double in the first inning, Turner launched his 12th home run of the season with two outs in the third. He then singled in the fifth and sixth innings before legging out a triple in the eighth. A six-run rally in the ninth inning got Turner another at-bat, allowing the infielder to make even more Bisons history.
Turner’s teammates joined in the fun on Monday as the Herd set season-highs with 16 runs and 10 extra-base hits. Six other Bisons had multi-hit performances with Andy Green and Russ Adams also hitting home runs. Adams scored four times and Green drove in three.
Adams’s two RBI pulled him even with Mike Hessman for the team-lead with 58RBI on the season.
Valentino Pascucci doubled and drove in two runs while catcher Michael Barrett had three hits and two RBI. Zach Lutz closed out his impressive week with the Bisons with another double and three RBI.
All that offense went to the benefit of rookie Josh Stinson, not that he needed it. Stinson used just 97 pitches for the complete-game victory. He allowed one run on three hits to hand Rochester its 95th loss of the season.
Stinson struck out four and walked two batters.
BISONS NOTES: The Bisons had 20 total hits, their second-highest hit total of the season. Buffalo had 22 hits in a 12-9 victory over Norfolk on June 5…Buffalo went 8-17 with runners in scoring position…Before the game, the Mets made it official by promoting Dillon Gee, Raul Valdes, Sean Green and Jesus Feliciano to New York. Gee will make his major league debut for the Mets on Tuesday against the Nationals.