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."
Padres honor Bat Girl Rooney on Mother's Day
SAN DIEGO -- Anitra Rooney of La Mesa, Calif., served as the Padres' Honorary Bat Girl on Mother's Day, as the club joined Major League Baseball in the annual Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer initiative.
As a big Padres fan, when Rooney heard about the contest to become the Honorary Bat Girl, she acted fast.
"I'm a huge baseball fan, so as soon as I knew that the contest existed, I was all over it," Rooney said. "I have the good fortune of teaching at a high school, so I could reach out to all of my kids through my school."
A science teacher at Otay Ranch (Calif.) High, Rooney used her breast cancer diagnosis as an opportunity to teach her students a life lesson.
Knowing she would lose her hair through chemotherapy, Rooney created a contest at the school so the person who raised the most money for cancer research would get the chance to shave Rooney's head.
"I've been able to get them excited about it, and they've been really supportive since I've been diagnosed," Rooney said. "They have been the ones who have seen me through all of this. They know the whole story, and they have been a really huge support. So it's neat to get them involved."
There was enough money raised through the contest to give $500 each to two staff members who did the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure, and to make the top 100 donors' list for the Susan G. Komen 5K.
During the course of chemotherapy treatments and three surgeries, Rooney managed to limit the amount of time she took off from work, ran in the Komen 5K, did a supersprint triathlon and still made time to tutor and cheer at games.
Prior to Sunday's game, Rooney was honored at home plate and the Padres hosted her and her family, along with some friends.
"If you put the Padres and me in a sentence, then I'm excited," Rooney said. "It was really neat that we got to go out and touch home plate, obviously. I got to bring neighbors that are really good friends of ours, and they're big baseball fans."
As an additional tribute supporting the cause and honoring Mother's Day, many of the Padres' players used pink bats on Sunday -- marked with the MLB breast cancer awareness logo.
"I think, across the board, mothers have done so much for everybody," Padres third baseman Chase Headley said. "For me personally, my mom has just always been there. She has sacrificed so much. It's just a small way to kind of say, 'Thank you.' It's a great idea, and a great honor to be able to do that."
Catcher Kyle Phillips had similar sentiments toward his own mom, and about what the pink bats mean on Mother's Day.
"I'm sure it means something to everybody," Phillips said. "Obviously, with Mother's Day, it's a big day. That's why we're all here. I called my mom first thing this morning. Some of these guys are wearing, you know, pink shoes and the pink wristbands. And you know, a lot of guys are going to use the bat for maybe one at-bat and then they'll pass it off to their moms."
Forsythe gets first Major League start
SAN DIEGO -- Just a few days after making his Major League debut, second baseman Logan Forsythe saw his name written into the starting lineup for the first time on Sunday.
Forsythe was recalled from Triple-A Tucson on Wednesday when Orlando Hudson went on the disabled list, and the 2008 Draft pick got his first start in the rubber match of a three-game set with the D-backs.
"I'm excited, I'm ready to go," Forsythe said. "I just want to go out there and play my game and help the team."
Manager Bud Black said he slotted Forsythe at second as part of stacking the lineup with right-handed bats against Arizona lefty Joe Saunders, hoping to generate offense for a club that fell victim to its eighth shutout of the season on Saturday.
"We wanted to get a right-handed bat in there against Saunders," Black said. "This is a good opportunity for [Forsythe] to get a start. He has been in camp with us now for the last two years. In Spring Training, we watched him develop, and he has gotten off to a nice start for Tucson. He's shown that he can hit the ball in the Minor Leagues, and hopefully he catches a good game today."
After switching positions from third base to second last season, Forsythe said he felt comfortable both defensively and as part of the big league team.
"I made the switch ... and played second all of last year," Forsythe said. "I've still been working around the whole infield, but [second] feels a lot more natural now. It's a little easier, and the game has kind of slowed down for me.
"I've been with these guys in big league camp for the last two years, and this year I stayed all the way until the end. It's a lot more comfortable just knowing the guys, and it makes it a little more easy."
Since joining the team, Forsythe has twice appeared as a pinch-hitter, but grounded out and struck out in those instances.
Tim Powers is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.