That would put the Brewers at 21 consecutive sellouts and into September, when tickets still remain for many games, Barnes said. The Brewers have a chance to draw 3 million fans this season, a remarkable number for Major League Baseball's smallest media market. Last year, the Brewers set a franchise record by drawing 2,869,144 fans.
It helps that manager Ned Yost & Co. have been good at Miller Park. The Brewers are 36-23 in home games and swept a four-game series from the Nationals during their last stop at home.
It also helps that Milwaukee has its top three pitchers lined up to start the homestand. Left-hander CC Sabathia is 3-0 with a 2.05 ERA at Miller Park since a trade from Cleveland and has pitched all nine innings in two of his three starts there. Overall, he is 7-0 in eight starts as a Brewer and 10-0 over his past 13 starts. He never has pitched against the Astros.
Right-hander Ben Sheets is scheduled to follow Sabathia on Tuesday and left-hander Manny Parra will start Wednesday's series finale against Houston.
MIL: LHP CC Sabathia (13-8, 3.04 ERA)
Sabathia calls his current run of success "pretty good." If this is pretty good, his new teammates would love to see what else he has in store. Sabathia has won 10 straight decisions dating to his final days with the Cleveland Indians and is 7-0 with a 1.55 ERA in eight Brewers starts since a July 7 trade to Milwaukee. He had to work a bit against the Padres on Wednesday but still managed to pitch seven innings while allowing only one run on nine hits. He pitched a five-hit shutout against the Nationals in his last start at Miller Park.
HOU: LHP Randy Wolf (8-10, 4.56 ERA)
Wolf had his best outing of the four he's made since his trade to Houston in his last start against the Giants. The veteran left-hander no-hit the Giants through four and cruised to the win after allowing two runs over seven innings. Wolf made his Astros debut against the Brewers in Milwaukee on July 27, when he took a no-decision after yielding four runs (three earned) over 4 1/3 innings. The Astros are 4-0 in games he's started.
Brewers outfielder Laynce Nix spoke via telephone with his younger brother on Saturday night and reported good news. Jayson Nix, a Rockies infield prospect, was struck above the left eye by a foul tip during Team USA's loss to Cuba earlier in the week and suffered a loss of vision for several days. He is expected to recover and wants to play again in the Olympic tournament, Laynce Nix said. ... The Brewers lead the Majors with 22 wins in their last at-bat. ... The team returns home waiting for word on a couple of key injuries. Closer Salomon Torres' availability was in question Sunday after he received treatment for a groin strain, though manager Ned Yost said Torres could pitch if needed. Second baseman and leadoff man Rickie Weeks exited Sunday's game with a sprained left thumb. He was replaced by Ray Durham, a switch-hitter who could hold down the spot should Weeks need some time off. ... The Brewers were lucky to miss Houston ace Roy Oswalt in this series. Oswalt threw a one-hitter through eight innings on Sunday, striking out 10 and giving up his only hit, a single to right field, to Arizona's Stephen Drew in the third. ... The Brewers are 6-6 against the Astros this season including 4-2 at Miller Park but lost two of three in the last meeting between the teams there.
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Tuesday: Brewers (Ben Sheets, 11-6, 3.00) vs. Astros (Brian Moehler, 8-4, 3.97), 7:05 p.m. CT
Wednesday: Brewers (Manny Parra, 9-6, 4.12) vs. Astros (Wandy Rodriguez, 7-5, 4.15), 1:05 p.m. CT