Gindl pokes first career base knock Saturday

Gindl pokes first career base knock Saturday

Gindl pokes first career base knock Saturday

MILWAUKEE -- Lost in the shuffle of Saturday's 2-0 win over the Braves was Brewers outfielder Caleb Gindl's first Major League hit.

Gindl, who took a momentary back seat to Francisco Rodriguez's 300th save and Donovan Hand's solid spot start, was just happy to have gotten his first knock out of the way as a pinch-hitter off Atlanta starter Tim Hudson in the sixth inning.

"There was a little bit of pressure. but I knew it would come if I kept having good at-bats. It was a great feeling," Gindl said. "To get it off Tim Hudson, a guy like that, I'll never forget it. When I finally got the hit, I was like, 'Phew. Finally.'"

Gindl had the ball displayed in a case in his locker on Sunday, but he said it took a little effort to get it after the game Saturday.

"[Kyle] Lohse got me," Gindl said. "He told me he threw my ball in the stands and I was like, 'Really? It's not a big deal or anything, just my first big league hit.'"

Ball or no ball, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said it was nice to see the 24-year-old get his first hit out of the way before starting Sunday's game in left field and batting eighth against Braves left-hander Paul Maholm.

"It was good to see him get that first one," Roenicke said. "Hopefully he's excited, and he'll be back out today and do some more good things."

Kevin Massoth is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.