It's been one of those years for the Milwaukee Brewers .
Still, they can win their first series in Denver in eight seasons Sunday in their finale against the Colorado Rockies .
With Hart (knee) sidelined the entire season and Braun suspended for the final 65 games, the Brewers (43-60) don't seem to have much to look forward to for the remainder of 2013.
While Braun's absence gives the NL Central's worst club a good chance to evaluate Logan Schafer and rookie Caleb Gindl in left field, Milwaukee now has a huge hole to fill in the No. 3 spot in the lineup.
Segura, the team leader with a .315 batting average, has taken over that position in the last seven games. The first six didn't go too well (3 for 26), but he had RBI singles in his first two at-bats in Saturday's 7-5 rain-delayed victory.
Segura, though, left in the sixth with right forearm tightness after getting hit by a pitch two innings earlier."He's fine. He may be sore tomorrow," manager Ron Roenicke said after Milwaukee ended a five-game skid at Denver and dropped the Rockies (50-55) a season-high six games off the NL West lead.
Segura told MLB.com after the win that he expects to sit Sunday and would aim to return Monday in Chicago.
The Brewers are expected to go with Donovan Hand (0-2, 3.41 ERA) on Sunday. The rookie right-hander lasted just four innings in Tuesday's 6-2 loss to San Diego after getting hit by a pitch in the third and suffering a bruised right hand.
X-rays were negative."I went back out for the fourth and everything was still good - a little swelling on the pinky side, but nothing major," said Hand, who allowed seven hits and two runs in his first start - and fourth appearance - since July 4. "Then after the fourth, I just really couldn't grip the ball anymore."
Rockies starter Jhoulys Chacin (9-5, 3.53) also was hit by the ball in his last start. The right-hander took a line drive to his left thigh but remained in the game Tuesday against Miami, finishing seven innings with three runs allowed in a 4-2 loss."It didn't affect me or anything," Chacin said. "Hopefully it's not going to be that bad."
Chacin has been outstanding of late, going 6-2 with a 2.19 ERA in his last eight starts after going 0-3 with a 6.43 ERA in his previous seven.
He last faced Milwaukee in his season debut, a 5-4, 10-inning road loss April 1 when he threw 6 2-3 innings of one-run ball.
The Rockies, 4-5 on a homestand that ends Sunday, might not have NL home run co-leader Carlos Gonzalez available for a third straight game due to a sprained right middle finger, but fellow All-Star Troy Tulowitzki continues to torment Brewers pitching.
The shortstop is batting .400 with three homers and seven RBIs against Milwaukee this season after going 3 for 4 with a solo homer and an RBI single Saturday.
A victory would give the Brewers a six-game season split and their first series win at Colorado since taking two of three from Aug. 15-17, 2005.
|July 27, 2013||Jean Segura||Day-to-Day||Right forearm tightness|
|July 23, 2013||Donovan Hand||Day-to-Day||Left game - bruised right hand|
|July 21, 2013||Carlos Gomez||Day-to-Day||Sore left elbow|
|July 09, 2013||Norichika Aoki||Day-to-Day||Left elbow tightness|
|July 07, 2013||Aramis Ramirez||15-Day DL||Sprained left knee|
|July 06, 2013||Aramis Ramirez||Day-to-Day||Left knee injury|
|July 25, 2013||Carlos Gonzalez||Day-to-Day||Sprained right middle finger|
|July 23, 2013||Drew Pomeranz||15-Day DL||Left bicep tendinitis|
|July 15, 2013||Rafael Betancourt||15-Day DL||Appendicitis|
|July 08, 2013||Carlos Gonzalez||Day-to-Day||Sprained finger|
|July 08, 2013||Roy Oswalt||15-Day DL||Strained left hamstring|
|July 05, 2013||Carlos Gonzalez||Day-to-Day||Upper back strain|
DENVER (AP) -- With their homestand ending and the season possibly slipping away, the Colorado Rockies ' offense came to life and bailed out the bullpen.
Troy Tulowitzki homered early, then doubled to start a two-run rally in the eighth inning that sent the Rockies over the Milwaukee Brewers 6-5 Sunday.
Michael Cuddyer , Dexter Fowler and Corey Dickerson also homered for the Rockies, who salvaged a split of their 10-game homestand.
"We would have liked for the homestand to be a little better than it was, but we had to win today," manager Walt Weiss said. "That was all we can control. We're pitching well and our offense is showing signs of life."
Yuniesky Betancourt and Norichika Aoki homered and Carlos Gomez had two hits and scored twice for the Brewers.
The Rockies had hoped to stay in the thick of the NL West race when they resumed after the All-Star break against the three worst teams in the NL. Instead, they lost three of four to Miami and were in danger of losing the series to Milwaukee before coming back against John Axford (4-4).
Two of their best hitters gave them a lift.
Trailing 5-4, Tulowitzki led off the eighth with a double down the third base line and scored on Cuddyer's double down the first base line.
"I don't think Cuddy thought it was fair when he hit it," Axford said. "He stayed in the box at first and it shot down the line. Perfectly placed."
One out later, Cuddyer moved to third on a wild pitch before Nolan Arenado , who popped out with Todd Helton on third in the fourth, hit a go-ahead single.
"Getting a guy on third gives you a little more confidence," Arenado said. "I was happy to get the guy in finally from third."
Rex Brothers got the final three outs for his seventh save.
The win gives the Rockies some momentum heading into a three-city, 10-game East Coast swing that starts against the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves on Monday. Colorado is six games behind the surging Dodgers and needs a successful road trip to stay in the playoff picture.
"We know we're a talented team, we know we can compete with anyone in the league," Cuddyer said. "We've just got to be consistent. Hopefully today was a stepping stone for that."
The Brewers took the lead in the eighth when Gomez doubled and Betancourt homered off reliever Matt Belisle (5-5).
"I put it on the tee for him. As soon as it left my hand I knew it was not going to be good," Belisle said. "That ball got away from me. I tried to do a little too much and think of the outcome instead of focusing on the pitch."
It was one of six home runs hit in the thin air at Coors Field.
The Rockies trailed 3-1 when Dickerson led off the sixth with his first career homer. One out later, Cuddyer hit his 17th to right to tie it.
"I was happy with what I did today, but in the sixth I have to make better pitches," starter Donovan Hand said.
Fowler's two-out homer off reliever Michael Gonzalez in the seventh gave Colorado a 4-3 lead. It was his 12th of the season.
Jhoulys Chacin was in line for the win before Betancourt's homer in the eighth. Chacin allowed three runs on eight hits and struck out four in seven innings.
Tulowitzki gave the Rockies a 1-0 lead in the first with his 19th home run of the season. The Brewers tied it in the second on a bases-loaded infield single by Jeff Bianchi .
Aoki made it 2-1 in the third with his sixth homer, and Bianchi gave the Brewers a two-run cushion with an RBI single in the fourth.
Hand went six innings, his longest outing of the season in just his fifth start. He allowed three runs on eight hits and didn't walk a batter.
"I liked Donnie Hand's effort," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "He's disappointed in a couple of pitches, but he has done a nice job."
NOTES: Aoki's home run was the 100th of his professional career and 16th in the major leagues. ... Brewers SS Jean Segura was given the day off after getting hit in the right forearm with a pitch Saturday. Roenicke said Segura is fine and he just kept him out for rest. ... Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez (sprained right middle finger) was out of the lineup for the third straight day. ... Colorado LHP Jorge De La Rosa (10-5, 2.97 ERA) will start Monday in Atlanta. ... Milwaukee RHP Kyle Lohse (7-7, 3.37) will open a four-game series at the Cubs on Monday.