San Francisco Giants defeat Milwaukee Brewers, 9-2

San Francisco — The original plan was not for Jonathan Lucroy to do the bulk of the catching for the Brewers in 2010.

That changed when veteran Gregg Zaun was lost for the season in May with a shoulder injury and backup George Kottaras could not discourage the running game of opponents.

After beginning the season with Class AA Huntsville and playing only briefly for Class AAA Nashville, Lucroy emerged to catch four out of every five games for the Brewers.

Told to ...

San Francisco — The Milwaukee Brewers, who in practicality were eliminated from the NL Central race in May, were officially knocked out Sunday afternoon.

This was the baseball definition of dying a slow death.

With their 9-2 loss to San Francisco at AT&T Park, the Brewers were mathematically removed from any chance of catching the first-place Cincinnati Reds, who come to Miller Park on Monday night as they close in on the division crown.

This had been a fait accom...