Good morning everyone and welcome to the Monday edition of Brewer Daily News. Despite his season long struggles, Milwaukee Brewers’ reliever John Axford is still getting a boost of confidence from his team. In the second bit of news, the Brewers (17-25) lost to the St. Louis Cardinals (28-15) last night.
In his last outing, Axford pitched 1 1/3 innings of scoreless baseball, but that doesn’t mean it was drama free. Axford had loaded the bases in the bottom of the 9th against the Cardinals, but managed to strike out Daniel Descalso, ending the inning.
“I’ve been feeling really good lately,” Axford said. “I think I just kind of looked in the mirror and have gone a little deeper inside myself the last few outings.” – via Brewers.com
He picked up his first win of the season Saturday and looks to go into his next outing with confidence. Axford’s ERA sits at 7.79, but look for that to change as he clearly has the ability to turn it around, as indicated from 2012.
Yesterday afternoon the Brewers lost 4-2 to the Cards, losing the series. Kyle Lohse started for Milwaukee and didn’t fare well as he picked up his fifth loss of 2013. Lohse pitched six innings, but gave up four runs, eight hits and struck out four. Francisco Rodriguez and Mike Fiers pitched two innings of scoreless relief. John Gast picked up his second win of the season and Edward Mujica received his 13th save.
In the 6th inning the Brewers would score their only two runs. Yuniesky Betancourt hit a single scoring Norichika Aoki. After Betancourt, Jeff Bianchi hit a single scoring Ryan Braun. Aoki went 3-for-4 whereas Jean Segura and Bianchi went 2-for-4.
Tonight the Brewers head home to Miller Park as they will take on the Los Angeles Dodgers at 8:10 p.m. ET / 7:10 p. m. CT. The starters will be Yovani Gallardo for Milwaukee and Clayton Kershaw for Los Angeles.