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Stat Of The Night: Axfourd

After 2+ seasons of pitching nearly exclusively in the ninth inning the Brewers changed things up for John Axford in a big way today, calling him into the game with two outs in the fifth inning. Axford retired Lance Berkman to end that inning, then came back out to pitch a scoreless sixth.

This was the first time since 2009 Axford was called upon to pitch the fifth inning, and just the second time in 2012 he recorded more than three outs in a game (he pitched two scoreless against the Cubs on June 7). He had pitched one inning or less in 12 straight appearances.

That's nowhere near a franchise record or Axford's personal record, though. In fact, Axford's personal high is one of the longest streaks in franchise history:

Pitcher Start End Consecutive Games
1 IP Or Less
Trevor Hoffman April 27, 2009 September 29, 2010 105
Derrick Turnbow May 25, 2005 June 27, 2006 86
Francisco Rodriguez July 16, 2011 Active streak 78
John Axford September 18, 2010 September 11, 2011 73
Derrick Turnbow September 29, 2006 August 8, 2007 58