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Michael Fiers and Martin Maldonado were supposed to be in Oklahoma City on Tuesday night, manning the battery for the Triple-A Nashville Sounds in their road series against the RedHawks.
Instead, with a bit of offensive help from Ryan Braun, the battery mates blew through the best team in the major leagues.
In their starting debuts with the Brewers on Tuesday, Fiers and Maldonado quickly made their presence known, as Milwaukee took its second win of the series in Los Angeles, 2-1. Fiers went seven full innings and gave up just five hits with one earned run. He didn't walk a single batter. And while he tallied just three strikeouts, he was extraordinarily efficient with his pitches, often getting ahead in the count and registering just 89 pitches in his seven innings.
"That was a great outing," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said after the win.
Quite simply, it was one of the best pitching performances the Brewers have turned in all season, and it came from the first pitcher-catcher combo in team history to ever start their debut together.
It was that combination, Fiers said, that really helped him settle down and throw a game that helped give the Brewers a much-needed 2-0 start against the best team in baseball..
"(Maldonado) knows my game better than anyone," Fiers said. "It's great to have him behind there, knowing what I throw. He knows how I get it done."
Maldonado, forced to wear Jonathan Lucroy's chest protector, called an impressive first game behind the plate and also tallied his first hit in his first at-bat as the Brewers catcher -- a role he'll likely play for the immediate future, while Lucroy is sidelined with a broken hand.. The single was the only hit the Brewers registered between the sixth and ninth spots in the order.
But the Brewers wouldn't need much offense to get to the ninth inning with the lead. And when closer John Axford came to the mound, he couldn't help but think of Fiers. With two outs and a runner in scoring position, he knew he had to help Fiers get his first big-league win.
"You shouldn't have those things running through your head," Axford said. "But all I could think of when I got those two outs was I need to lock this down for Mike because he did an absolutely fantastic job."
So with such a stellar game on the mound, is Fiers slated to pitch the next time the No. 5 spot comes around in the rotation?
Roenicke smiled at the question. "It'd be pretty tough to take him out of there, wouldn't it?"
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