The Brewers could use a little time away.
It has been a difficult week for Milwaukee's ballclub, which endured the season-ending suspension of slugger Ryan Braun and the departure of closer Francisco Rodriguez, who was traded to Baltimore.
Now, the Brewers embark on a stretch of 19 contests that includes 16 on the road, beginning with a three-game series in Colorado that commences Friday night.
"It might be [a good thing] just to get away for a few days, but we love playing at home," said hurler Yovani Gallardo. "We enjoy it. We just have to forget about what happened and keep moving forward."
Thursday's loss to San Diego moved the Brewers, mired in the National League Central basement, to 17 games below the .500 mark.
"It's been tough," said Gallardo, Thursday's losing pitcher. "It's been tough the whole year, to be honest with you. I know I sound like a broken record, but we have to show up and play [Friday]. We still have a lot more left of the season, and we have to finish strong and keep battling."
Wily Peralta (7-9, 4.30 ERA) will toe the rubber in Friday's series opener for Milwaukee. The right-hander has posted a 0.87 ERA over his last six starts. In four of those outings, he has held the opposition scoreless, including a three-hit shutout of the Reds on July 9, and an eight-inning, two-hit effort against the Marlins on Sunday. During the stretch, he has lowered his ERA by more than a run and a half.
Over his last four outings, a span of 29 1/3 innings, Peralta has yielded only one run, good for a 0.31 ERA.
"The stuff we knew was there; the movement is huge," said Brewers manager Ron Roenicke. "But what it comes down to, when his slider is good and he's throwing his changeup, now he's going to become a real pitcher instead of just a thrower. Once he gets to that level, I think he'll be calling his own game."
Tyler Chatwood, who will take the hill for Colorado on Friday, has fared nearly as well of late. The righty has only allowed more than two earned runs in two of his 13 starts this season, and has held the opposition scoreless or to one earned run in eight of his outings.
Chatwood limited the Cubs to two runs (one earned) over six frames in a 4-3 win on Sunday.
Brewers: Lineup missing key parts
The Brewers scored eight runs on Thursday, despite a patchwork lineup missing its Nos. 3-5 hitters. Roenicke admitted it has been difficult to fill out his batting order lately.
With Braun suspended and Aramis Ramirez and Corey Hart on the shelf with injuries, Roenicke would prefer to play Rickie Weeks, Norichika Aoki, Jean Segura, Jonathan Lucroy and Carlos Gomez as often as he can.
"I would certainly like to play them most days," Roenicke said. "I guess where it comes in is when production goes down and I feel like they have a day off, if the production has a chance to go up, then I'll give them a day off."
Rockies: CarGo exits early
Outfielder Carlos Gonzalez aggravated the sprain of his right middle finger in his first-inning at-bat on Thursday and departed the contest prior to his next trip to the plate.
Gonzalez, batting .297 with 26 home runs and 67 RBIs, is listed as day to day. He first injured the digit before the All-Star break. He pulled out of the Home Run Derby, but played in the Midsummer Classic.
• The Rockies took two of three from the Brewers at Miller Park in both teams' season-opening series.
• Upon his entry into a game, reliever Rob Wooten, promoted to the big league squad following Thursday's contest, will become the ninth Brewer to make his Major League debut this season.