Marco Scutaro's exit was a sobering reality of a season gone horribly wrong. No one thought his original acquisition was a better move than Carlos Gonzalez, a fellow Venezuelan, who played winter ball with Scutaro.

"It's tough," Gonzalez told The Denver Post on Saturday. "But we knew it was going to happen."

Gonzalez, who drove in two first-inning runs Saturday, has been the Rockies' best player this season, earning his first all-star berth. He hasn't groused about the Rockies' dumpster fire and insists he's prepared to be patient. The left fielder is in the second year of an $80 million contract that runs through 2017.

"One of the reasons that I signed the long-term deal is that I believe we are going to be a good team," Gonzalez said. "And I believe that the young players are going to help me and Tulo. That we will be a team that will compete every night."