MILWAUKEE John Axford trudged off the mound with his head down, slower than usual. Boos rained downon him in his home park, as he walked off the field, having blown his sixth save of the season.
But this blown save holding onto a 2-0 lead with two outs in the ninth inning against a division rival was by far the most cruel in a season that hasn't been short on cruelty for the Brewers closer.
"All together, I think that's the most frustrating outing I've had all year," Axford said. "I've had a few blown saves this year, but that's definitely the most frustrating one. I couldn't find anything fastball, breaking ball. When I finally through a breaking ball for strikes, it was too late. When I threw one for a strike, I shouldn't have. It ended up being a base hit. I couldn't find the fastball in or out, up or down. It was just, I don't know. I've been feeling good lately. Today, I just felt awful."
Axford had just two walks in the 12 innings he had pitched before Monday's ninth i...