Scribner adjusting to extended workload

Scribner adjusting to extended workload

SAN DIEGO -- Evan Scribner really had things working for him on the mound in Saturday's 6-0 loss to the D-backs.

The Padres' reliever made his fourth Major League appearance and blanked the D-backs' hitters for three shutout innings.

And with the Padres turning to five relievers in Friday's 4-3 extra-innings win, Scribner's effort was exactly what Padres manager Bud Black needed from him.

"That was huge," Black said. "We stopped them right there cold for the last four innings -- without having to use three relievers and have them get their pitch count up. That's exactly what Evan needed to do, and he did it."

Scribner was recalled on April 25 from Triple-A Tuscon, where he was a closer and used to an inning of work. But he handled the extended workload fine, recording one strikeout and no walks.

"I felt good," Scribner said. "I'm not used to doing three innings. In the Minors, I usually just threw one inning. But they were swinging early, and I was trying to just throw strikes.

"I kept my pitch count down, so it wasn't that bad. ... I was just trying to get ahead. First pitch strikes, keep the ball down."

Through four appearances and eight innings pitched this season, Scribner has surrendered six hits and one run with an ERA of 1.13.

Black said he'll be looking for more of the same from Scribner as the team moves forward.

"That's his role right now on this club, is to do that, even though he wasn't quite developed to do that in the Minor Leagues," Black said.

"The last couple of weeks prior to his call-up he was going multiple innings, by design, in Tuscon. You need those guys. You need a couple guys in the 'pen who can go two, three innings, if needed."