Milwaukee (19-18) at Washington (13-25)

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  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Tue May 18, 2004
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If Doug Davis’ last outing is any indication, the Milwaukee Brewers might be in store for another strong appearance from a starting pitcher.

After Ben Sheets set a franchise record for strikeouts, Davis seeks his second straight win over the Montreal Expos as he leads the Brewers in the opener of a three-game series.

Sheets struck out a franchise-record 18—the most in the majors in three years—in the Brewers’ 4-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Sunday.

The previous franchise mark of 14 was set by Moose Haas on April 12, 1978, against the New York Yankees. It was the most strikeouts by a big leaguer since Arizona’s Randy Johnson tied a major league record with 20 on May 8, 2001, against Cincinnati.

Davis now takes the mound having won his last two starts, including a solid performance against the Expos on Thursday. Davis gave up three runs—all unearned—and three hits in eight innings as the Brewers won 7-4.

“It seems that with certain pitchers, that’s what they want to go out and do,” Brewers shortstop Craig Counsell said. “They’re not satisfied throwing seven innings and giving up three runs. They want to dominate.”

Brewers first baseman Lyle Oberbay brings a 17-game hitting streak into the game. Overbay is hitting .477 (31-for-65) with 14 doubles, three home runs and 24 RBIs during his streak, the longest by a Brewers batter in 12 years. He is batting .369, overall, and leads the majors with 21 doubles, 27 extra-base hits and 38 RBIs.

Montreal earned its first series sweep of the season, beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-1 on Sunday in the finale of a three-game set.

The Expos have won three of their last four series. They started 0-7-1 in their first eight series.

Expos right fielder Carl Everett has recovered from a sore right shoulder, and is expected to play Tuesday. Everett hit .233 with one home run in eight games before being put on the disabled list on April 15.

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D. Davis KC vs. Z. Day Min
12-12 Record 5-10
3.39 ERA 3.93
166 K 61
79 BB 45
1.31 WHIP 1.39