The Brewers look to win their 10th straight home game over the slumping Blue Jays as they go for the sweep of the three-game series Thursday at Miller Park.
The last time these teams met as AL rivals at Milwaukee (38-33), the Brewers swept two doubleheaders to win all four games of a series at County Stadium July 28-29, 1997.
The Brewers, who moved to the NL in 1998 and opened Miller Park in 2001, have won nine straight home games over Toronto (35-38) since a 7-5 loss on July 14, 1996.
After hitting five home runs in Tuesday’s series-opening 7-0 win, Milwaukee hit two more in Wednesday’s 5-4 victory to win its third straight home game. The Brewers have won nine of 11 at Miller Park, outscoring their opponents 62-33 in those games.
Mike Cameron hit his 11th home run of the season Wednesday, while Russell Branyan added a homer, his second in as many days. Cameron has hit four home runs in his last seven games, and Branyan has nine since a May 25 callup.
Milwaukee’s Dave Bush (2-7, 5.73 ERA) makes his first career start against the team that drafted him when he takes the hill Thursday.
Toronto selected Bush in the second round of the 2002 draft, and he made his major league debut for the Blue Jays on July 2, 2004. The right-hander went 10-15 in two seasons with Toronto before being traded to Milwaukee before the 2006 season.
Bush won 12 games in each of his first two seasons with the Brewers, but has gotten off to a slow start this year. He dropped his first three starts of the year, and didn’t pick up his first win until May 12.
On Friday, Bush allowed four runs and a season-high 10 hits in six innings of a 10-2 loss to Minnesota to drop his second straight start. The right-hander has yielded nine runs in 10 innings in his last two starts after giving up only three runs in 14 innings over his previous two outings.
The Blue Jays, meanwhile, have dropped four straight, and 10 of 13.
Toronto’s offense has been dismal lately, scoring four runs or less in each of its last eight games, while batting just .222 in those contests.
Catcher Gregg Zaun hit a solo home run and drove in three runs Wednesday, and has homered in two straight games since returning from the disabled list with a right elbow strain.
A.J. Burnett (6-6, 4.90) takes the mound for the Blue Jays Thursday hoping to help them avoid the sweep.
Burnett gave up two runs, four hits, four walks and struck out seven in five-plus innings to notch a 3-2 win over the Chicago Cubs on Friday.
“I was still inconsistent but it’s something to build on,” Burnett said.
Friday’s performance was a step in the right direction after the right-hander was tagged for a season-high eight runs and 10 hits in 4 1-3 innings of a 9-5 loss to Baltimore on June 7.
This will be Burnett’s first start against the Brewers since giving up six runs—two earned—in six innings of a 6-4 loss for Florida on Aug. 24, 2005. He is 1-1 with a 4.85 ERA in four career starts versus Milwaukee.