Gonzalez (9-11) picked up the win in Wednesday's 7-0 victory over the Reds, allowing only two hits and two walks over six scoreless innings while striking out five. The southpaw was celebrating his 33rd birthday, but his present to the Brewers was a much-needed win that kept the club just 2.5 games back of the Cubs for the NL Central crown, and three games ahead of the Cardinals for the first wild-card spot. Gonzalez's final start of the year could be even more crucial for Milwaukee's playoff chances, as he takes his 4.28 ERA into St. Louis on Tuesday.
Gonzalez didn't factor into the decision in Friday's 7-4 win over the Pirates, giving up three runs on three hits and four walks over 4.2 innings while striking out six. It was a typically inefficient performance from the southpaw, who got staked to a 3-0 lead in the first inning but couldn't stick around long enough to qualify for a win. Gonzalez will carry a 4.44 ERA into his next outing Wednesday at home against the Reds.
Gonzalez (8-11) allowed one run (none earned) on three hits and one walk while striking out seven across 5.2 innings to earn the win Saturday against the Giants. Gonzalez had a successful debut as a Brewer, turning in his first scoreless start since May 28 and highest strikeout total since June 2. He managed those results on the strength of 16 swinging strikes and six groundball outs. Gonzalez has struggled with inconsistency across his last nine outings, allowing only one earned run or fewer in four starts but also allowing five or more earned runs in the other five.
Gonzalez will start Saturday against the Giants, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports. Gonzalez will make his first start for the Brewers over the weekend after being acquired from the Nationals at the waiver deadline. The veteran southpaw posted a lackluster 4.57 and 1.53 WHIP across 27 starts with the Nationals before being dealt to Milwaukee, but the Brewers are hoping a change of scenery can help him pitch closer to his 2017 form (2.96 ERA across 32 starts).
Gonzalez will make some starts in September but will remain in the bullpen at least through the conclusion of next week's series against the Cubs, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. The Brewers acquired Gonzalez at the waiver deadline, though his mediocre 4.57 ERA isn't enough for him to immediately displace any of their current starters. He could potentially steal Junior Guerra's spot, as Guerra has allowed six runs in two of his last three starts, or he could be used as part of a six-man rotation. The lefty doesn't have the sort of high-strikeout profile which would give him fantasy relevance out of the bullpen, so he's unlikely to be much of an asset until he regains a starting role.