Bernier and Scribner's feats earn weekly awards

Photo credits: Round Rock Express (left) and Ralph Thompson (right).

By Pacific Coast League | August 1, 2016 2:07 PM

ROUND ROCK, Texas - The Pacific Coast League Monday afternoon tabbed Round Rock Express' infielder Doug Bernier and Salt Lake Bees' right-hander Troy Scribner the Player and Pitcher of the Week for July 25-31. Bernier notched the first cycle in the 17-year history of the Express, while Scribner tossed a 9-inning, two-hit, complete game shutout in his Triple-A debut.

In seven games, Bernier tied for the PCL-high in hits (12), with his 21 total bases ranking second and his 1.324 OPS placing fourth. He batted .462 (12-for-26) with four extra-base hits, two home runs, seven RBI and five runs scored. Additionally, he sported a .516 on-base percentage and .808 slugging percentage.

July 27 against Omaha, the California native tripled in the second inning, doubled in the fifth, singled in the seventh and homered in the ninth to hit the third cycle in the PCL this season - all done since July 14. Three days later, Bernier reached base safely in all five plate appearances (four hits, one walk), including hitting a home run and driving in three, in a 13-7 win against Memphis. The 36-year-old hit safely in his first four games of the week before his career-best 16-game hitting streak came to an end, one that matches the fifth longest in the PCL this season. Over that span, Bernier hit .397 (25-for-63) with two home runs, nine RBI and nine runs scored, reaching base at a .449 clip.

The 15-year professional is in his first season in the Rangers organization, and his fifth organization overall (COL, MIN, NYY, PIT). In 88 games this season, Bernier has hit a career-best 10 home runs with 36 RBI, while batting .280 (84-for-300). He originally signed with the Rockies as an undrafted free agent in June 2002 out of Oral Roberts University. Bernier has appeared in 46 career major league games, hitting .217 (15-for-69) with seven RBI. This is his first career Player of the Week.

After posting a 3.47 ERA (85.2 IP, 33 ER) in 16 starts with Double-A Arkansas, Scribner earned his first career Triple-A start July 30 at Sacramento. He retired the first 11 River Cats he faced and 27-of-31 overall in his two-hit, complete game shutout - the first of his career - throwing 72 of his 107 pitches for strikes. The only hits he surrendered were singles, in the fourth inning by Matt Duffy, who was with Sacramento on major league rehab, and in the eighth inning by Kelby Tomlinson. It marked the first time a Salt Lake pitcher tossed a complete game since July 20, 2014 (Caleb Clay). Furthermore, Scribner became the first PCL pitcher to toss a 9-inning, complete shutout on two or fewer hits in his Triple-A debut since Salt Lake's Trevor Bell did so on June 16, 2009; coincidentally, that was the last time a Bees pitcher threw a two-hit shutout.

Scribner is in his fourth professional season after originally signing with Astros as an undrafted free agent out of Sacred Heart University. He was traded from Houston to the Angels organization for cash considerations on April 1. In 80 career appearances (48 starts), Scribner is 25-16 with a 3.50 ERA (329.1 IP, 128 ER), 134 walks and 378 strikeouts. This is his second career pitcher of the week - both coming in the last month. He was recognized with the Arkansas Travelers in the Double-A Texas League for the week ending July 3 after throwing six shutout innings with nine strikeouts.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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