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We've all heard the expression "tearing the cover off a ball." Though it's not something that happens very often, Milwaukee Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado was able to pull it off last night against the Pirates.
It came during the top of the sixth inning, from a ground ball Maldonado drilled towards Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez. At first, it looked your routine infield play, but Alvarez quickly realized something was off when he threw the baseball toward first base and it almost skipped off the pitcher's mound. Everyone soon realized that Maldonado's powerful grounder had literally torn the ball's cover off.
Amazingly, this is the second time in two weeks it's happened. Last week, uber-powerful Chicago White Sox rookie first baseman Jose Abreu smashed a foul ball, splitting at its seams.