Around the minors 9.6.10

BUFFALO 16, ROCHESTER 1: Infielder Justin Turner, thus far snubbed for a September call-up despite a capability to contribute at the major league level in 2011, finished the Triple-A season with a bang. Turner went 6-for-6 and hit for the cycle in Buffalo’s season-ending rout of Rochester. Turner became the first Bison to hit for the cycle since outfielder Mark Little on April 26, 2004, also at Rochester. He became the first Bisons hitter to have six hits since Howard “Butch” Myers went 6-for-7 on June 29, 1936 in Rochester. Turner hit .333 (104-for-312) with 11 homers in 78 games with the Bisons this season. Buffalo finished the 2010 campaign with 76 wins. The win total is 20 more than its 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 postseason. In a game that was loaded with offense, Turner shined the brightest. In one day, the Bisons' top hitter raised his overall average -- including a month and a half with Triple-A Norfolk -- from .305 to .316 with three singles, a double, his first triple of the season and his 12th home run. He scored four times and also drove in a run as Buffalo scored in seven of the nine innings. After an RBI double in the first inning, Turner launched a homer with two out 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' two RBIs pulled him even with Mike Hessman for the team lead with 58 on the season. Valentino Pascucci doubled and drove in two runs while catcher Michael Barrett had three hits and two RBIs. Zach Lutz closed out his impressive week with the Bisons with another double and three RBIs. All that offense went to the benefit of rookie Josh Stinson -- not that he needed it. Stinson used 97 pitches for the complete-game victory. He allowed one run and three hits to hand Rochester its 95th loss. Stinson struck out four and walked two batters. Boxscore


SAVANNAH 2, ASHEVILLE 1: The Savannah Sand Gnats finished their best regular season in 16 years with a victory. The first-half champion Gnats won nine of their final 11 games to finish the regular season at 75-64. The last time a Savannah team won as many as 75 games in a season was 1994, when Savannah finished 82-55 and won the South Atlantic League championship. Savannah won the SAL championship in 1996 after going 72-69 in the regular season. Savannah will go to the playoffs in 2010 for the first time since 1996. The Gnats (33-36/75-64) scored the game’s first run Monday in the second inning. With one out, second baseman Jet Butler singled, stole second and came home on catcher Albert Cordero’s RBI single into center field. Cordero, recently promoted from rookie-level Kingsport, was 2-for-3 in his Savannah debut. Savannah made it 2-0 in the third when shortstop Luis Nieves, who has hit safely in eight of his last nine games, bunted his way aboard and ultimately scored on a passed ball. Savannah starter Collin McHugh (7-8, 3.33) tossed five scoreless innings in his final tune-up for the playoffs. McHugh, who was perfect through four innings, struck out five and gave up one hit -- a double leading off the fifth inning. McHugh has not allowed a run in his last 14 innings. The Tourists scored their only run on an eighth-inning solo home run by catcher Anthony Aguilera, his first long ball of the year, against reliever Michael Hebert, who was making his second appearance for Savannah. Luis Rojas nailed down the final two outs in the ninth for his first Savannah save. The Gnats open the Southern Division championship series in Greenville on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Boxscore

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