The puzzling season of John Axford continued Saturday night in Cincinnati, as the reliever coughed up a pair of home runs and the lead in Milwaukee's 6-3 loss to the Reds.
With the Brewers up 2-1 in the sixth inning, Reds left fielder Ryan Ludwick hit an Axford fastball for a solo home run to tie the game. After Jack Hannahan reached on an infield single, Zack Cozart hit almost the exact same pitch out to center to put the Reds up 4-2.
"It was just two bad fastballs," Axford said. "Both leaked a little bit. The other ones were ground balls; some of them were hit a little better, but they were still ground balls where I wanted them to be and where you need them to be. The home runs, the balls were left up and they leaked back over the plate and the guys took advantage."
After starting the season by allowing nine earned runs in 3 13 innings, Axford settled in nicely and looked unhittable for a stretch. The former closer didn't allow an earned run in June...