Salt Lake Bees pitcher Troy Scribner turned in his best pitching performance of the season on the day the Pacific Coast League announced he'd been selected to play in the Triple-A All-Star Game. Scribner struck out a career-high 11 in a 5-2 win over the Reno Aces in front of an announced 5,071 at Smith's Ballpark on Wednesday night, the fourth straight win for the Bees and their sixth in the past seven games.
Scribner became the Bees' first starting pitcher selected as a Triple-A All-Star Game participant since Joe Saunders in 2006. He went into the night leading the PCL in wins and leading the Bees in wins, innings pitched and strikeouts.
Turning Point • Reno started the third inning with a solo home run by Kristopher Negron pull within 3-1, but Scribner responded by retiring the side in order, including two strikeouts.
Bees MVP • Scribner (9-2) allowed three hits, one run and walked one while striking out 11 in seven innings. He struck out the side in his last inning. He became the 29th pitcher in franchise history with 10 strikeouts or more in a game. The most recent was Tyler Skaggs on July 20, 2016.
Hidden Hero • Shane Robinson went 3-for-4 with one run scored and an RBI.
Flashing Leather • Bees shortstop Matt Williams made a full-extension diving catch on a low line drive ticketed for left field with one out in the third inning.
Quoteworthy • "I'm paying attention to that, obviously," Scribner said of strikeouts mounting during the game. "Strikeouts are always what you want. I knew I was getting a lot because it was like two an inning and a couple of them were strikeouts that I don't usually get, so I was like there must be more than usual and there was."
Angel Angle • Infielder Kaleb Cowart played in his first game since being sent back down from the Los Angeles Angels after going 2-for-3 in a win against the Boston Red Sox on Sunday. On Wednesday, Cowart started at second base and went 1-for-4 with an RBI double.
What's next • The Bees conclude their four-game series against Reno on Thursday with a 12:05 p.m. scheduled first pitch at Smith's Ballpark.