For 26 straight innings, the Milwaukee Brewers' pitching staff hadn't allowed a single run. It was a magnificent feat for a pitching staff that struggled at times with its starters and struggled even more times this season with its bullpen.
But for 26 innings, the Brewers had been practically unhittable. It took until the ninth inning of Wednesday night's game against the Pirates to change that, with an NL MVP candidate in Andrew McCutchen at the plate and closer John Axford's pitch left up in the zone. He slammed the offering for a solo home run, the only run any team has scored on the Brewers in three straight games.
The bullpen had often taken the blame for much of the Brewers' pitching woes throughout the season, but their resurgence lately has taken away some of the spotlight from Milwaukee's interesting group of starting pitchers all but two of which didn't start the season in any major league rotation.
And lately, with starters Shaun Marcum and Mike Fiers struggling a bi...