Fiers, Maldonado form rookie battery

Fiers, Maldonado form rookie battery

Fiers, Maldonado form rookie battery
LOS ANGELES -- Right-hander Michael Fiers and catcher Martin Maldonado made Brewers history on Tuesday as the first battery mates in franchise history to each make his first Major League start in the same game.

Baseball's last such combo took the field right here at Dodger Stadium, when Zach Kroenke and Konrad Schmidt started for the D-backs against the Dodgers, last Oct. 1.

Fiers started for the Brewers in place of the injured Marco Estrada. Maldonado took over for the injured Jonathan Lucroy.

"The Brewers lost one of the hottest hitters in baseball," Maldonado said. "So I'm coming in here trying to do my best to help this team win, and we'll go from there. It's not difficult, because [Lucroy] did his job, and I need to do my job.

"It's not like I'm going to put his shoes on."

The Fiers-Maldonado battery was a familiar one. They've played together the past two seasons at Triple-A Nashville.

"That's going to make it a lot easier for me," Maldonado said.