Frankie, Axford quite the late-innings combo

Frankie, Axford quite the late-innings combo

Frankie, Axford quite the late-innings combo
MILWAUKEE -- The combination of Francisco Rodriguez and John Axford has proven to be highly successful since Rodriguez was obtained from the New York Mets at the All-Star break.

Axford has converted 31 consecutive saves and 34 of 36 heading into Sunday's game against the Pirates. Rodriguez, pitching primarily in the eighth inning, has only allowed runs in two of the 14 games he's pitched for the Brewers.

"I feel like I'm on a pretty good roll right now," Axford said. "Anytime we can get the ball to us, I feel, in the eighth and the ninth, it's going to be a pretty hard fight for the other team."

When asked whether he and Rodriguez were the toughest late-innings tandem in the Major Leagues, Axford said: "You hear it sometimes, the guys in the bullpen even try to talk to us about that."

"When you have an eighth-inning guy who has a record in saves of 62 in a season and just under 300 [in his career], he's pitched in some huge games," Axford said of Rodriguez. "He can handle the pressures of any situation out there."