Former Canisius College pitcher John Axford (left) came very close to pitching in the World Series two years ago when the Milwaukee Brewers lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS. Axford just got another chance today -- with the team that denied him that first opportunity.
The Cardinals have acquired Axford in a trade with the Brewers for a player to be named. Axford, 30, is 6-7 with a 4.45 ERA in 62 relief appearances this season for Milwaukee serving mostly in setup roles after losing his closer's job. He has 106 saves, second in franchise history, including a franchise-record 46 in 2011.
The Cardinals are almost certain to qualify for the postseason and are trying to maintain their hold on first place in the NL Central. They have a one-game lead on the Pittsburgh Pirates and open a three-game series tonight in Pittsburgh's PNC Park.
Here's a story I did on Axford in 2009 upon his first callup to the big leagues. The Canadian right-hander pitched for Canisius in 2006 after three years at Notre Dame while on the comeback trail from Tommy John surgery.