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St. Louis Cardinals
MILWAUKEE Time will tell whether or not the three-run ninth inning Monday night will prove to be a turning point for the slumping St. Louis Cardinals. But desperate for a big hit after getting swept in Cincinnati, they'll gladly take it.
Down to their last out and looking at a frustrating fourth-straight loss ahead of them, the Cardinals instead rallied for three runs off Brewers closer John Axford to pull out a dramatic 3-2 victory at Miller Park.
Combined with Cincinnati and Pittsburgh both losing Monday, the Cardinals moved to within 3.5 games of the division leading Reds and 2.5 games of the second place Pirates.
"A lot of smiles in the clubhouse," said manager Mike Matheny. "I love how they fight. They made it very interesting there and what great at-bats you could think of from a number of guys there. They made some pretty impressive things happen.
"It was one we certainly needed."
The Cardinals went just 4-for-28 with runners in scoring posi...
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John Axford is struggling. After blowing another save last night, the Brewers’ closer is now tied for the league-lead with six blown saves. Over the last two seasons, Axford had emerged as one of the best relievers in baseball. Among qualified relievers, Axford rated fourth overall with 3.9 WAR. While relief pitchers are rarely able to sustain their greatness for multiple seasons...
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...
MILWAUKEE Just days after John Axford had hit what seemed like rock bottom on Monday, the Brewers former closer got to experience a few things he never had as Milwaukee's ninth inning specialist.
The first man out of the bullpen on Wednesday, Axford relieved starter Tyler Thornburg and threw 1.1 solid innings, giving up just one hit in that span. It was an enlightening experience...
One day after his worst outing in a difficult season, John Axford lost his job as the Milwaukee Brewers' closer.
Manager Ron Roenicke said before Tuesday night's game against St. Louis that Francisco Rodriguez will be handling ninth-inning duties while Axford tries to get his confidence back in lower-pressure situations.
''It's always difficult when you'...
Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke made official Tuesday what most people expected, including John Axford. Axford is being moved out of the closer's role and being replaced for the time being by Francisco Rodriguez. The last straw came Monday night when Axford turned a 2-0 lead over the Cardinals into a 3-2 loss by allowing three ninth-inning runs on three hits and two...
MILWAUKEE It was apparent the moment John Axford began his conversation with reporters Monday night that something had been different this time.
For the Milwaukee Brewers closer who has struggled on so many occasions this season his ERA ballooning to over 5.00 and his WHIP following suit over 1.50 this night had presented a much more complex set of frustrations.
He had inexcusably...
MILWAUKEE After a record season as the Milwaukee Brewers closer in 2011, an inconsistent 2012 cost John Axford his ninth-inning role.
Manager Ron Roenicke announced Tuesday that Francisco Rodriguez will replace the closer who had a string of 49 consecutive successful saves broken in early May.
"Frankie is going to close right now," Roenicke said. "Ax, we're...
Former Met Closer Francisco Rodriguez has been given the closing responsibilities for the Brewers after former closer John Axford blew his sixth save of the season. Axford has been terrible this season, with a 5.35 earned run average and 73% save conversion rate.
Francisco Rodriguez, a former closer for the Angels and Mets with 292 saves, has a 3.67 ERA on the season in 41.2 innings...
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Just when it looked as if their recent offensive struggles were getting even worse, Allen Craig and the St. Louis Cardinals pulled off one of their most impressive rallies of the season.
Craig hit a bloop RBI single off closer John Axford, completing a ninth-inning rally and lifting St. Louis to a 3-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday night.