Conrad and Ransom happy to share big days

Conrad and Ransom happy to share big days

MILWAUKEE -- When Brewers infielder Brooks Conrad belted a two-run homer on Saturday to break his 0-for-27 start with the team, he had a familiar face waiting for him at home plate.

Conrad and fellow infielder Cody Ransom were previously teammates for two years with Triple-A Round Rock in 2006 and 2007. They roomed together on the road and now both live in Gilbert, Ariz.

The two have developed a close friendship, so after Ransom singled and Conrad followed with the home run, he was greeted with a handshake and a message.

"He just said, 'It's about time,'" Conrad said laughing. "He was razzing me a little bit about not having a hit yet, so it was good."

Conrad first was called up from Triple-A in early May after first baseman Mat Gamel went down with a season-ending ACL injury. Ransom, meanwhile, was claimed off waivers on May 23, and Conrad said it has been fun reuniting.

With Conrad registering a sacrifice fly in the second inning and Ransom driving in two runs on a single, the duo combined for all five Milwaukee RBIs on Saturday.

"With some injuries and things like that going on, this is a time where the bench players need to step up and get the job done here," Conrad said. "So that was a big win for us yesterday."

Conrad and Ransom were in the Round Rock lineup on June 25, 2007, when then-Brewers prospect and current Brewers reliever Manny Parra pitched a perfect game for Triple-A Nashville.