MILWAUKEE -- John Axford sat at his locker and even cracked a joke to lighten the mood.
What he couldn't do is explain what just happened. With Thursday off, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke gave Axford work in the ninth inning with Milwaukee trailing 4-3.
The Brewers' closer gave up three runs on five hits - including two home runs - while recording just two outs in Milwaukee's 7-3 loss to Colorado.
It hasn't been the start to the season Axford has wanted in his attempt to bounce back from an up-and-down year in 2012. In the season opener Monday, Axford blew the save when Dexter Fowler hit a two-out solo home run on a first-pitch fastball.
One thing noticeable has been the drop in Axford's velocity. His fastball has sat in the 91-93 miles per hour range, down from the usual 94-96.
"I feel fine," Axford said. "I don't know what to say, I don't know."
It's a notion around baseball that closers don't pitch well in non-closing situations, which Wednesday's outing was. Axford doesn't ...