John Axford blames Cubs' rally

MILWAUKEE -- The final numbers from Friday night's five-hour, 13-inning Cubs-Brewers marathon include 21 combined walks, 43 of 50 players used, four hit batters and one player's wife going into labor.

That's right, Brewers closer John Axford had more to think about than his blown save, which ended his streak of 49 consecutive that were successfully converted. It was the fourth-longest such streak in major league history.

Not only did the Cubs' David DeJesus end the streak with his RBI triple in the ninth inning, but according to Axford, the moment might have started the entire labor process.

Axford wasn't available after the game to talk about it. He left before the final run had crossed the plate, but was kind enough to leave a note behind for media members.

"I put my wife into contractions with my performance tonight!" Axford's handwritten note began. "So I had to run to the hospital. The streak is over so now you can talk about it."

Axford later kidded about the interview process in general, dropping a conclusion that read "Cliché ... cliché ... another cliché. Gotta go! Love, Ax."

As of early Saturday afternoon, Axford's wife still had not delivered, and was in the hospital on bed rest.