Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Axford Saves 25th Straight
Axford routinely throws a curveball and a fastball that sits in the mid to high 90s, mixing in the occasional slider. He throws his curveball for strikes in the top and bottom of the zone, fooling hitters by blowing a high fastball by them that they just never seem ready for, even if they expect it, and they can't help but swing at it. His speedy high fastball and curveball combo often proves just too much for them to handle, as evident in his success since stepping into the closer's role in May of last year.
On a related note -- hats off to Kameron Loe, who came in with zero outs and the bases loaded in the sixth inning last night and escaped without allowing a run. He got Alfonso Soriano to ground out to third (force at home) and then induced a double play ball to end the inning. Loe very well might have won the game for the Brewers.