By CHRIS JENKINS
AP Sports Writer
Having just blown his consecutive saves streak and rushing to the hospital as his wife was going into early labor, Milwaukee Brewers closer John Axford scribbled a quick note to reporters explaining why he wasn't around to take questions on Friday. Only later did he realize he caused a social media sensation.
Axford's blown save against the Chicago Cubs on Friday halted a streak of 49 consecutive saves - the fourth-longest streak in history. The Brewers went on to win 8-7 in 13 innings, but Axford didn't stick around.
Axford's lighthearted note explained that he was heading to the hospital with his wife and was signed, "Love, Ax." Reporters relayed details after the game, and pictures circulated via social media.
Axford said Sunday morning that his wife's early contractions have stopped and she is expected to return home from the hospital later in the day. The couple is expecting their second son in late June.
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