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Stat Of The Night: Axford In Elite Company

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John Axford's 23rd save of the season tonight wasn't pretty, but it was successful. And by recording the final out, he put himself in pretty rare air.

Tonight's save was Axford's 20th consecutive conversion of a save opportunity. He's only the fourth pitcher in Brewer history to reach that mark:

Pitcher Begin End Saves
Doug Jones 5/31/1997 9/26/1997 25
Francisco Cordero 4/3/2007 6/5/2007 22
Mike Fetters 7/26/1994 8/2/1995 20
John Axford 4/24/2011 Present 20

Tonight's save also moved Axford into sole possession of eleventh place on the Brewer all time list with 48 career saves. With 18 more this season he could move all the way into fifth:

Pitcher Saves
Dan Plesac 133
Rollie Fingers 97
Bob Wickman 79
Mike Fetters 79
Derrick Turnbow 65
Dan Kolb 61
Doug Henry 61
Ken Sanders 61
Francisco Cordero 60
Doug Jones 49
John Axford 48

Axford's next save will be his 24th of 2011, tying his career high set last year.