NEW YORK -- Brewers rookie Lorenzo Cain had to be prodded into hitting his first career home run in Sunday's home finale.
"Finally," chided Prince Fielder, who belted his 32nd the next inning.
Cain does have some pop in his bat -- he hit 31 homers in 2,558 Minor League at-bats -- but had not been showing it since his August promotion to the Brewers, even in batting practice. Some of his teammates watched him hit before games and suggested he try swinging for the fences.
"[On Saturday] we were all getting on Lorenzo about his batting practice," Craig Counsell said. "We were telling him he's got some power in that swing. We were kind of getting on him. We had to embarrass him into hitting a homer."
Mission accomplished. Cain took a big swing against Marlins starter Adalberto Mendez and sent a towering fly ball down the left-field line, into the loge-level bleachers.
"I worked on it, and hit some in batting practice," Cain said. "They teased me in BP, and I tried to hit some a little harder in BP and then took it into the game. It felt good."
"I thought it was a really great thing," Counsell said. "Your teammates care enough about you to say, 'Look, there's something in there. You have to use it.' He hit some home runs in batting practice [Saturday], and then he comes out and hits one in the game. I think that was kind of cool, because he believes it's in there now."