It would have been a spectacular catch to retire Jung Ho Kang in the ninth inning at Miller Park, had Maldonado been able to reach Kang's foul pop into the Brewers dugout. Maldonado gave chase and dove over Narron and Kranitz at the last minute in an attempt to make a play, but he missed the ball by a few inches.
"Close," Maldonado said.
The near-gem came at the end of Maldonado's first start of the season in place of slumping Brewers starter Jonathan Lucroy. Maldonado and Lucroy could each also see some action at first base, but barring an injury, Maldonado knows his playing time again will be limited this season. He hasn't started more than 40 games since 2012, when Lucroy missed time with a broken hand.
"I feel good," Maldonado said. "Every start is going to help more. Yesterday, I went 0-for-3. Last year, I went 0-for-5 in Boston [in his first start], the extra-inning game, 30 degrees. Making progress."
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