SAN DIEGO -- Ryan Ludwick entered Wednesday's game against the Braves with four extra-base hits in the first two games of the series.

Ludwick, who entered Wednesday hitting .209 with four home runs and 11 RBIs, is hitting .324 with three home runs over his last eight games.

"He's swinging better," Padres manager Bud Black said. "And we're seeing more hard contact. He's confident right now."

Ludwick had hit safely in each of his last six games against the Braves since April 26, 2010, and is a career .292 hitter against the Braves in 96 at-bats.

Scribner has Major League debut to remember

SAN DIEGO -- There was only one moment Tuesday when Padres pitcher Evan Scribner said he felt uneasy, though it came after his Major League debut had already begun.

"I wasn't as nervous as I thought I would be," Scribner said. "I think I was more nervous going into the dugout after my first inning before going back out there."

Scribner made his debut in Tuesday's 8-2 loss to the Braves, tossing two scoreless innings with one walk and two hits allowed.

"I felt good about it. I was throwing strikes. I was trying to stay calm," said Scribner, who was recalled from Triple-A Tucson on Monday. "I wish I could have had a strikeout, but I guess you can't have everything."

Scribner threw 24 pitches (17 for strikes) and said Wednesday that he was ready to get back out there. As the closer this season for Tucson, Scribner is accustomed to pitching on consecutive days.

San Diego manager Bud Black was impressed with Scribner's fastball and curveball as well as the speed differential he showed between the two pitches.

"At times we saw a 20 mph difference with the same arm speed," Black said. "It's always nice to get the first one out of the way with a good performance."

Scribner, who is from Connecticut, had a phone brimming with congratulatory messages when he checked it after his debut.

"I came back in after the game and had 30 or so texts and a couple of phone calls. That was awesome," Scribner said.

Padres give hard-working Hundley rare break

SAN DIEGO -- It made perfect sense for Padres catcher Nick Hundley to get a start off Wednesday against the Braves, considering the team has an off-day Thursday.

It was a good time, Padres manager Bud Black said, to get Hundley off his feet and to give Rob Johnson a rare start.

Hundley has caught the third-most innings (183 2/3) of any catcher in the league so far this season, trailing Atlanta's Brian McCann (185 2/3) and Geovany Soto of the Cubs (185).

"Nick's been everything so far we thought he would be," Black said.

Hundley figures to be behind the plate Friday when the Padres begin a three-game set at Dodger Stadium.

Hundley has appeared in 22 of the first 24 games and is tied for second on the team with 77 at-bats. He is hitting .286 overall, but is hitting .194 in his last 31 at-bats since April 18.