Axford out as Brewers closer

Francisco Rodriguez will get the ninth inning
Axford out as Brewers closer

John Axford is out and Francisco Rodriguez is in as the closer for the Milwaukee Brewers.

After Axford blew a 2-0 lead in the ninth inning of last night’s 3-2 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, manager Ron Roenicke announced before Tuesday’s game that Rodriguez will now take over the ninth inning if the Brewers are leading.

Rodriguez has been a successful closer in the past with both the Angels and Mets.

Axford converted 49 straight save opportunities over the 2011 and 2012 regular seasons, but has blown six save chances so far this season.