October 22, 2014

Wolf gets first win since April, Axford loses closer job

Randy Wolf’s streak of 13-starts without a victory came to an end Tuesday night as the Brewers knocked off the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 at Miller Park.  The last time Wolf earned a win was April 30th.

Wolf lasted 6 2/3 innings allowing 2-runs on 8-hits with 6 strike-outs.  He left the game in the hands of Jose Veras with 2-outs in the 7th and runners on 2nd and 3rd.  Veras got Cardinals SS Rafael Furcal to pop ending the threat.  Manny Parra struck-out a pair and gave up nothing in a scoreless 8th frame.  Francisco Rodriguez had a shaky 9th allowing a couple of hits but got out of the jam and notched his 2nd save of the year.  Rodriguez wanted to make sure Wolf got the win…

AUDIO: Francisco Rodriguez says it was big to get Wolf the win :13 Before the game, Brewers Manager Ron Roenicke announced that Rodriguez would be replacing John Axford as the team’s closer.  Monday, Axford blew his 6th save of the season in a 3-2 loss to the Redbirds.  That is tied for the most blown saves in the Majors.  Rodriguez will be milestone hunting the next few weeks.  Last night’s save put him at 293 for his career making 300 a possibility for him.  Rodriguez happy about the promotion just wish it would have came a different way…

AUDIO: Francisco Rodriguez happy to be the closer but wishes it was on different terms :20

Rickie Weeks had the big hit for the Brewers.  His 9th homer run of the season came in the 4th inning breaking a 2-2 tie.  Aramis Ramirez and Cesar Izturis each had 2-hits to help the Brewers cause.  Ryan Braun had to the leave the game early after tweaking a groin injury he has been battling.  Roenicke not concerned…

AUDIO: Ron Roenicke on Braun’s injury :10

Milwaukee remains 8-games out of 1st in the Central.  The Reds blanked Arizona Tuesday 4-0.  Also, Pittsburgh topped Colorado 6-2 Tuesday keeping the Pirates a game behind the Reds and 7-games clear of the Brewers.  St. Louis is back to 4.5 games out of first place after the loss.

The Brewers and Cardinals close out their 3-game set this afternoon.  Tyler Thornburg gets the start in place of Zack Greinke for Milwaukee.  Adam Wainwright tosses for St. Louis.  First pitch from Miller Park is 1:10.