Brewers enlist help to retrieve Erceg's HR ball

Brewers enlist help to retrieve Erceg's HR ball

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Thanks to an intrepid Goodyear Ballpark employee, Brewers prospect Lucas Erceg's memorable home run is coming home.

Erceg, the club's No. 7 prospect, hit a pair of home runs in a Brewers win over the Indians on Wednesday, including a grand slam that settled onto the roof of a pavilion in right field -- not bad for his first home run in a Major League uniform. When the Brewers returned Sunday to play the Reds, the baseball was still perched there.

Mike Vassallo, the team's public relations director, made several inquiries about retrieving the ball for Erceg. He was stymied until he met Rafael Laguan, a City of Goodyear electrician who enthusiastically agreed to help.

With a ladder, the two men climbed to the rooftop and came down with the baseball. Vassallo planned to hand deliver it to Erceg on Monday.

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.