Brewers manager Ron Roenicke played 10 rookies Tuesday night. One of them made quite a splash.
Martin Maldonado hit a grand slam to lead Milwaukee to a 4-3 victory over the San Diego Padres.
''I thought we had a Nashville Sounds game,'' Maldonado said with a big smile, referring to the Brewers' Triple-A team in the Pacific Coast League.
Maldonado connected against Anthony Bass (2-8) in the third inning for his first career slam and eighth home run of the year. The backup catcher, whose playing time decreased in August when starter Jonathan Lucroy returned from a broken bone in his hand, was in a 1-for-16 slump when he delivered.
Maldonado said it was difficult to hit for power when not playing much.
''It is, especially when you only get to play once a week,'' he said. ''It's hard, but you have to keep doing your thing and working hard.''
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