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Brewers: Manager Ron Roenicke says John Axford will remain as closer

2013-04-08T04:45:00Z Brewers: Manager Ron Roenicke says John Axford will remain as closerJIM POLZIN | Wisconsin State Journal | jpolzin@madison.com | 608-252-6473 madison.com

Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said after Sunday’s 8-7 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks in 11 innings at Miller Park that John Axford will remain the team’s closer despite a rocky opening week.

Axford was the losing pitcher Sunday after allowing a two-run homer to pinch-hitter Eric Hinske in the top of the 11th inning. In three appearances this season, Axford is 0-1 with a 20.25 ERA.

The Brewers’ bullpen has been busy because of a lack of quality starts from the rotation, leaving Roenicke with precious few options late in Sunday’s game. After Axford retired the side in the 10th inning against the Diamondbacks, he was asked to throw another inning and allowed a double to Cliff Pennington and the homer to Hinske before being pulled with no outs.

“If I would have got him out after the first inning, he would have had a positive thought in his mind going into (Monday) or the next day,” Roenicke said.

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    Wisconsinsports - April 08, 2013 12:27 pm
    Roenicke has got to have his head examined. What an idiot. Herderson needs to be the closer. The Brewers are a mess and it all starts with Melvin. He can not identify pitching talent. Why can't the Organization develop pitching is beyond me.
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