"I put a lot of faith and trust in Russ, not only just because he's Canadian, but he's a great catcher as well," Axford quipped before Friday's game.
"Nobody likes coming to the ballpark and look at your record when it's not what you want it to be," he said. "That's plain and simple. Saying that, I don't want them dragging in here, because it's a new day. During a baseball season there's a lot of grinding that needs to be done. Sometimes the game's easier than it is (at other times). That's simple fact. So when it's not going perfect, you grind the best you can."