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MILWAUKEE -- Edwin Maysonet did not come to Miller Park on Saturday expecting to play.
Milwaukee's reserve infielder, who was called up from Triple-A Nashville six days ago, started at second base with Rickie Weeks sidelined by a sore wrist and hit his first career grand slam to help the Brewers beat the Chicago Cubs 8-2.
Maysonet had only one career home run before Saturday -- and it took him three years to get the second after hitting his first for Houston in May 2009 against Pittsburgh.
Weeks was hit on the left wrist during the Brewers' 13-inning win Friday. X-rays were negative and Weeks is listed as day to day.
"I'm just trying to get a good fastball that I can hit a line drive because I am not a home run hitter," Maysonet said. "You can see my stats."
Maysonet even got to take a curtain call in front of the sellout crowd, something that really made an impression on him.
"It was a great day," he said. "You go out there and play hard and try to help your team win. It felt amazing."
Maysonet's teammates were also thrilled for him.
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"It was awesome," said catcher Jonathan Lucroy, who had two hits to continue his recent hot hitting streak. "It's fun to see a guy like that get a hit and help us win."
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Weeks would be back at second base on Sunday if he is feeling better, but he was very pleased with Maysonet's offensive and defensive contributions.
"He had a really nice day," Roenicke said. "He looked good in the field and had some really nice at-bats."
Roenicke was also very pleased with the performance of starting pitcher Shaun Marcum (2-1), who gave up just one run on three hits and had six strikeouts. After giving up a run in the first he did not allow a runner past second, retiring 10 of the last 11 he faced.
"Marcum was very good today," Roenicke said. "He was changing speeds well and it was fun to watch. He really messes with hitters with his speed changes and the way the ball moves."
It was the second straight win for the Brewers, who beat the Cubs on Friday in a 5-hour game that ended just past midnight. Saturday's start remained at noon because it was a nationally televised game.
Chris Volstad (0-5) pitched six innings for the Cubs, giving up six runs on nine hits. It was the 18th straight start that Volstad did not record a victory. His last win was July 17, 2011, for Florida.
Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Volstad pitched a good game, but it got away from him in the sixth inning.
"The slider got him in trouble again," he said. "That is something we've got to work on because it's a pitch he needs, but it's getting hit too often and too hard."
Milwaukee broke the game open in the sixth inning. Lucroy, who led off with a double, scored on Aramis Ramirez's fielder's choice. Corey Hart doubled to the left field wall and the Cubs walked Travis Ishikawa to load the bases.
Maysonet then hit the second pitch from Volstad into the second level in left field.
|Edwin Maysonet (29) hits his second career HR and first-ever grand slam to lead the Brewers past the Cubs. (US Presswire)|
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|David DeJesus, RF||4||1||1||0||0||1||1||.265|
|Tony Campana, CF||4||0||2||1||0||0||0||.327|
|Starlin Castro, SS||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.328|
|Bryan LaHair, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||2||1||.354|
|Alfonso Soriano, LF||3||0||0||0||0||2||1||.250|
|Ian Stewart, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||0||0||.183|
|Geovany Soto, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.145|
|Darwin Barney, 2B||2||0||0||0||1||0||0||.250|
|Casey Coleman, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Chris Volstad, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||2||.000|
|Adrian Cardenas, 2B||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||.111|
|2B - David DeJesus (7, Marcum), Tony Campana (4, Veras), Adrian Cardenas (1, Veras)|
|RBI - Tony Campana (2)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - Barney-LaHair|
|Chris Volstad (L,0-5)||6||9||6||6||2||1||1||6.92|
|IBB - Ishikawa by Chris Volstad|
|HBP - Braun (by Chris Volstad)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Chris Volstad 99-63, Casey Coleman 46-28|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Volstad 10-5, Casey Coleman 4-2|
|Batters Faced - Chris Volstad 28, Casey Coleman 11|
|Nyjer Morgan, CF-RF||4||1||1||0||1||0||2||.200|
|Jonathan Lucroy, C||5||1||3||1||0||0||1||.341|
|Ryan Braun, LF||4||0||1||0||0||0||3||.305|
|Aramis Ramirez, 3B||4||1||1||1||0||0||2||.228|
|Corey Hart, RF||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.252|
|Jose Veras, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Tim Dillard, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Travis Ishikawa, 1B||3||2||2||0||1||0||0||.217|
|Edwin Maysonet, 2B||3||1||2||4||1||0||1||.750|
|Cesar Izturis, SS||4||1||1||0||0||0||2||.209|
|Shaun Marcum, P||3||0||1||0||0||1||1||.067|
|Norichika Aoki, CF||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||.220|
|2B - Nyjer Morgan (1, Volstad), Jonathan Lucroy (5, Volstad), Corey Hart (9, Volstad), Travis Ishikawa 2 (5, Volstad, Coleman)|
|HR - Edwin Maysonet (1, Volstad)|
|SH - Norichika Aoki (2)|
|RBI - Jonathan Lucroy (16), Aramis Ramirez (19), Edwin Maysonet 4 (4), Norichika Aoki (3)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jonathan Lucroy (14)|
|CS - Ryan Braun (2, 2nd base by Volstad/Soto)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Ramirez-Maysonet-Ishikawa|
|Shaun Marcum (W,2-1)||7||3||1||1||2||6||0||3.07|
|HBP - Soriano (by Shaun Marcum)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Shaun Marcum 105-67, Jose Veras 18-13, Tim Dillard 10-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Shaun Marcum 7-7, Jose Veras 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Shaun Marcum 26, Jose Veras 5, Tim Dillard 3|
|Attendance - 42339|
|Game Time - 2:58|
|Temperature - 59|
|Umpires - Home - Field Culbreth, First Base - Adrian Johnson, Second Base - Gary Cederstrom, Third Base - Lance Barksdale|