Francisco Rodriguez was supposed to provide some kind of answer in the ninth inning for the Brewers, who were struggling to achieve any late-game consistency with John Axford manning the final inning.
And despite inducing some heart palpitations around Milwaukee with his first two saves as closer, Rodriguez appeared to be on his way to providing some kind of reliability in a most unreliable year for the Brewers' bullpen. But Monday's effort, as Rodriguez blew a three-run, ninth-inning lead, collapsing on the mound for the Brewers' fourth straight loss, left Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke with a familiar sense of frustration.
"Frankie has always been a guy who made pitches when he needs to," Roenicke said. "But I don't know. I'm not used to seeing Frankie like this."
As a coach on the Angels staff when Rodriguez set the single season saves record, Roenicke has expressed faith in Rodriguez on several occasions this season. He knows what Rodriguez is capable of, he said. But on Mon...