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John Axford Named Winner of the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Month Award for July08/04/2011 10:42 AM ET
John Axford of the Milwaukee Brewers has been selected as the winner of the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Month Award for July, it was announced today. This Major League Baseball award recognizes the most outstanding relief pitcher during each month of the regular season as voted on by a panel from Major League Baseball.
Axford converted all 11 of his save opportunities while going 0-1 with a 2.57 ERA over 14 appearances during July. In 14.0 innings pitched, the right-hander permitted four earned runs on 13 hits with three walks and 16 strikeouts. The 28-year-old tossed a perfect ninth inning, striking out each of his three batters faced, on July 6th against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Miller Park to preserve a 3-1 Milwaukee victory. Axford, a native of Ontario, Canada, recorded saves in three consecutive contests against the Chicago Cubs at home from July 26th-28th, allowing just one hit with four strikeouts in the three appearances. The University of Notre Dame product has now converted 28 consecutive save chances dating back to April 24th to set a new franchise record, eclipsing the previous mark of 25 set by Doug Jones in 1997. In that span, Axford has compiled a 1.60 ERA over 45.0 innings with 14 walks and 56 strikeouts. Axford, who was originally signed by the New York Yankees as a free agent in 2006, has not allowed a run in his last eight appearances dating back to July 20th. On the season, Axford, who was signed by the Brewers prior to the 2008 season, is tied for the N.L. lead with 45 games finished and is tied for third with 31 saves.
Other relievers receiving votes included Atlanta Braves right-handed closer Craig Kimbrel (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 8 SV, 12.0 IP, 5 H, 3 BB, 19 SO); Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander and June's Delivery Man of the Month Award winner Joel Hanrahan (0-0, 0.93 ERA, 7 SV, 9.2 IP, 7 H, 0 BB, 7 SO); and Boston Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon (0-0, 2.77 ERA, 9 SV, 13.0 IP, 10 H, 2 BB, 19 SO).
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