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 walked two batters and put Matt Holliday at the plate with the bases loaded, almost beckoning him to knock in the game-tying runs. He was trying too hard, that much was certain, and as he walked off the field having blown his sixth save of the season, he did his best not to hang his head as boos rained down on him from his own fans. He claimed after the game that he didn't hear the boos, but as superhuman as John Axford may have seemed at times especially last season there's no doubting those boos meant something.
Axford has spent a great deal of this season explaining that his struggles ha...