Bullpen woes cost Brewers a return to postseason

Updated: October 4, 2012, 5:44 PM ET
Associated Press

MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Brewers entered the season wondering whether they could replace the firepower provided by Prince Fielder, who left via free agency to sign with the Detroit Tigers.

The 2012 Brewers scored 55 more runs than the 2011 team that reached the NL Championship Series, but a meltdown by the bullpen during the summer prevented the team from reaching the postseason for a second consecutive year.

"A lot of ups and downs," closer John Axford said.

The year started ...

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