The beginning of the week started poorly for the Brewers, and things have only gotten worse. In the wake of Ryan Braun's suspension, the team traded away closer Francisco Rodriguez and lost three of four games to the Padres.
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke held a 40-minute meeting with his players prior to Friday's opener with the Rockies at Coors Field and said the gathering "was more about going forward for the rest of the year."
The immediate aftermath did not get much better, as the Brewers lost, 8-3, but part of Roenicke's message was that there is still a lot of baseball to play, 60 games starting Saturday.
"I've mentioned to you guys, it's been a tough year. We all know that," Roenicke said. "It's been a tough year on [the players], but you can get through this, and the more you get through this tough situation, it makes you better ballplayers."
The Brewers send left-hander Tom Gorzelanny to the mound Saturday to try and turn things around against Rockies' righty Collin McHugh.
With Friday's win, the Rockies pulled back to .500, at 4-4 on their 10-game homestand.
"We need to finish the homestand strong. No question about it," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "We need to play better from here on out. Whatever adjustments need to be made, whether they're mechanical or take a situational at-bat or taking at-bats according to the scoreboard and all those things that go into putting together good at bats."
Brewers: Gorzelanny looking to bounce back
Gorzelanny will make his fifth start of the season. In his first three starts, the lefty allowed only one earned run in 16 innings, but in his last start on Monday, he gave up five earned runs in 5 2/3 innings.
The 31-year-old veteran started the season as a long reliever, but injuries threw him into a starting role in July.
Gorzelanny has started just five games the last two years combined, but in 2011, he started 15 games for the Nationals and in 2010 he started 23 for the Cubs.
Rockies: CarGo day to day
Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez sat out Friday's game and is day to day after aggravating a middle finger sprain on his right hand in his first at-bat against the Marlins Thursday night.
Weiss and Gonzalez both said the disabled list is not an option right now. "I think I can play through it," Gonzalez said. "That's the last thing I want to do, be on the DL and just miss a lot of time. I think we have a good opportunity to make a run and be in the postseason. We need to start playing better baseball, and I think that it's with [me] in the lineup."
Gonzalez said the finger injury would probably heal with some time off, but that is not an option given Colorado's position heading into the final two months of the season.
"I hurt it again, but it's a thing that I'm going to have to deal with probably the whole year," he said. "Just something that I need to rest, and I don't think we have time for rest right now. All I want to do is just play and be on the field and play with what I got."
• McHugh, acquired from the Mets in a June trade, was brought up from Triple-A Colorado Springs and will make his first start with the Rockies in place of Drew Pomeranz, who was placed on the DL Friday with left biceps tendinitis.
McHugh made one start and three appearances for the Mets earlier this year, compiling an 0-1 record and 10.29 ERA. In three starts at Colorado Springs, he went 1-0 with a 3.18 ERA.
"It feels great," McHugh said. "That's always nice when you kind of get that call from the manager and he's like, 'Hey, they want you up there.' It's good to be able to contribute and feel like you can contribute at this level. So I'm excited about it."
• Gorzelanny holds an 8.64 ERA in four starts and six relief appearances against the Rockies in his career.
Kevin Massoth is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.