By Jimmy Carlton Sportswriter Published Aug 20, 2018 at 2:02 PM Photography: David Bernacchi

After an eight-game road trip that saw them go 3-5 through Atlanta, Chicago and St. Louis, the Brewers return to Milwaukee tonight to begin a two-series homestand at Miller Park and continue their recent stretch against NL Central foes. 

The Crew will host the Cincinnati Reds for three contests, starting Monday night at 7:10 p.m., then, after an off day on Thursday, they’ll close out the homestand with a three-game set against the Pittsburgh Pirates over the weekend. Besides the excitement of watching a team in a playoff race battle its divisional rivals, the Brewers are giving fans plenty of other reasons to come out to the ballpark this week, including giveaways like a performance T-shirt, brewmaster shirt and Lorenzo Cain bobblehead.

Here are the highlights of this homestand, according to the Brewers, and here’s how to avoid parking when you go to Miller Park.

Monday, Aug. 20 vs. Reds – 7:10 p.m.

Community Achievers:The Milwaukee Brewers community involvement initiative, known as the "Community Achievers Award presented by Meijer," recognizes residents throughout the state of Wisconsin each month during the season for displaying extraordinary efforts in their community.  Jim Spierings will be recognized as August’s community achiever and will throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the contest.

Miller High Life Monday:On select Monday home games during the 2018 season, all Terrace Reserved tickets are just $6, courtesy of Miller High Life.

Tuesday, Aug. 21 vs. Reds – 7:10 p.m.

RBI Athlete of the Month: Each month, an RBI (Reviving Baseball in the Inner cities) athlete will be recognized for their dedication to academics, community involvement, leadership, reliability and monthly performance. An RBI player will be recognized as August’s RBI Athlete of the Month and will throw out a ceremonial first pitch.

Season Seat Holder Appreciation Day:Brewers Season Seat Holders (20-Game Plan Holders and above) will enjoy 25% off concessions and merchandise, as well as early access to Miller Park to watch the Brewers take batting practice. For complete details, visit

Wednesday, Aug. 22 vs. Reds – 1:10 p.m.

First Pitch by Ryder Cup Executive and PGA of America's Ryder Cup Trophy Tour: The iconic Ryder Cup Trophy will make a stop at Miller Park as it embarks on its 11-city, 9,000-mile tour across the U.S. in anticipation of the 42nd Ryder Cup at Le Golf National in Paris, taking place from September 28-30. A pregame ceremony and gift exchange will take place with Manager Craig Counsell and a Ryder Cup Executive, and a ceremonial first pitch will celebrate the next Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits in 2020. Fans will also have a rare chance to take a photo with the Ryder Cup Trophy in the Club Level concourse.

Kids & Seniors Discount Day: Kids 14 and under and seniors 60+ save 50% on tickets.

Senior Stroll:Following the game, fans 60+ are invited to come down to the field and walk the outfield warning track, presented by WPS Health Insurance.

Friday, Aug. 24 vs. Pirates – 7:10 p.m.

Performance T-Shirt: The first 20,000 fans will receive a Brewers-themed performance T-shirt to add to their workout wardrobe, presented by Master Printwear.

Law Enforcement Night:In partnership with the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), 94.5 KTI COUNTRY, and Brewers Community Foundation, the Crew will commemorate Wisconsin's brave men and women in blue during Law Enforcement Night. Fans who purchase a special ticket package will receive a one-of-a-kind commemorative challenge coin, plus have a $6 donation made to the NLEOMF on their behalf. Additionally, all law enforcement officers, families and supporters who purchase this ticket package will be invited to participate in a special parade before the game. The event is presented by 94.5 KTI COUNTRY.

PLAY Campaign:The Brewers training staff will host the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) and Major League Baseball's PLAY Campaign. The program will feature kids from the Menomonee Falls Little League who have a goal to combat childhood obesity and promote a healthy and active lifestyle.
Student Night:Every Friday home game, high school and college students can purchase $10 Terrace Reserved or $15 Loge Bleachers tickets and enjoy special deals on food and beverages through the end of the first inning.

Miller Lite Beerpen: Every Friday home game, fans 21+ who sit in the Miller Lite Beerpen in the right-field Loge Bleachers will receive a free Brewers T-shirt, courtesy of Miller Lite.

Season Seat Holder Appreciation Day:See above.

Saturday, Aug. 25 vs. Pirates – 6:10 p.m.

"Peanuts" Night:It's "Peanuts" Night, Charlie Brown! Join Charlie, Snoopy, Lucy and the rest of the "Peanuts" gang at Miller Park as the Crew takes on the Pirates. Fans who purchase a special ticket package will receive a collectible Brewers-themed Snoopy bobblehead.

Brewmaster Shirt:The first 10,000 fans 21+ will get the chance to look the part as a true Brewer with this brewmaster shirt, presented by Miller Brewing Company.

Hitting 4 the Cycle:Brewers Community Foundation will be hosting the fourth annual Hitting 4 the Cycle benefit bike ride beginning at 1:30 p.m. in the Uecker Lot at Miller Park. The 25-mile ride runs along the Lake Michigan shoreline and will be followed by a tailgate party catered by Smoke Shack. Participants will also receive a ticket to tonight’s game against the Pirates. All proceeds benefit Urban Ecology Center, DreamBikes, and UWM’s Life Impact Program. Visit to learn more and register.

Sunday, Aug. 26 vs. Pirates – 1:10 p.m.

Lorenzo Cain Bobblehead:All fans in attendance will receive a bobblehead of Brewers All-Star outfielder Lorenzo Cain, presented by WTMJ Radio. 
Military Half-Price Discount:Active duty military and veterans, verified by, can purchase half-price tickets in select locations. Tickets are only available for digital delivery. There is an 8 ticket limit per game.

Kids Run the Bases: Following Sunday home games, kids 14 and under can run the bases at Miller Park, presented by Aurora Health Care.

Kids Ice Cream Sunday:Every Sunday home game, kids 14 and under will receive a free ice cream bar, courtesy of Blue Ribbon Classics.

Born in Milwaukee but a product of Shorewood High School (go ‘Hounds!) and Northwestern University (go ‘Cats!), Jimmy never knew the schoolboy bliss of cheering for a winning football, basketball or baseball team. So he ditched being a fan in order to cover sports professionally - occasionally objectively, always passionately. He's lived in Chicago, New York and Dallas, but now resides again in his beloved Brew City and is an ardent attacker of the notorious Milwaukee Inferiority Complex.

After interning at print publications like Birds and Blooms (official motto: "America's #1 backyard birding and gardening magazine!"), Sports Illustrated (unofficial motto: "Subscribe and save up to 90% off the cover price!") and The Dallas Morning News (a newspaper!), Jimmy worked for web outlets like, where he was a Packers beat reporter, and FOX Sports Wisconsin, where he managed digital content. He's a proponent and frequent user of em dashes, parenthetical asides, descriptive appositives and, really, anything that makes his sentences longer and more needlessly complex.

Jimmy appreciates references to late '90s Brewers and Bucks players and is the curator of the unofficial John Jaha Hall of Fame. He also enjoys running, biking and soccer, but isn't too annoying about them. He writes about sports - both mainstream and unconventional - and non-sports, including history, music, food, art and even golf (just kidding!), and welcomes reader suggestions for off-the-beaten-path story ideas.