SAN FRANCISCO -- Jonathan Lucroy has grown weary of hearing his name continually pop up in trade rumors. As long as the Brewers veteran catcher continues to produce at the plate like he has most of the season, though, the chatter isn't likely to die down any time soon.Lucroy added
SAN FRANCISCO -- Jonathan Lucroy has grown weary of hearing his name continually pop up in trade rumors. As long as the Brewers veteran catcher continues to produce at the plate like he has most of the season, though, the chatter isn't likely to die down any time soon.
Lucroy added to his stellar season and provided Milwaukee with one of its few bright spots with two more hits in the Brewers' 10-1 loss to the Giants on Wednesday.
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Lucroy has a batting average of .311 -- tops among all catchers in the National League and certainly a big reason why Lucroy remains on the radar of several teams interested in potentially trading for his services.
Not that Lucroy is listening. With the Brewers having lost the first three games on this West Coast road trip, the 2014 All-Star catcher has more important issues to confront.
"I've been hearing trade stuff for over a year now," Lucroy said. "You kind of get used to it after a while. I told my agent, 'If there's anything substantial, let me know. If there's not, don't let me know. I don't even want to know.' A lot of it's all speculation and rumors ... people making stuff up."
What isn't made up is the season Lucroy is having.
He leads all NL catchers in multiple offensive categories and moved up to fifth place in the All-Star voting results released earlier Wednesday.
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More importantly, he's given the Brewers another steady offensive force at the plate to complement Ryan Braun and slugger Chris Carter.
"I just try to go out every day and have good at-bats, hit the ball hard somewhere and keep it simple," Lucroy said. "I don't think about anything in the past or the future. I think about right now and focus on trying to hit the ball hard somewhere."
Lucroy came from behind the plate to make just his third start of the year at first base.
After fouling out and striking out in his first two plate appearances, Lucroy singled in the sixth and again in the eighth. He was stranded at second base both times, an ongoing problem for the Brewers this series.
Milwaukee stranded 11 runners on Monday, managed just four hits off Giants ace Madison Bumgarner on Tuesday, then recorded eight hits against Johnny Cueto and reliever Chris Stratton but left eight on base Wednesday.
"We know it's a challenge against pitchers like that," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "You're not expecting to put a big number on the board against these guys. You have to be really good. We just weren't able to group together any hits and really get anything going today."
Lucroy was one of the few Milwaukee players who had much success at all in the series against San Francisco. He went 5-for-11 with a double and home run in the three games, and he is hitting .356 in June.
"We've been unfortunate enough to run into some pretty good pitching this series," Lucroy said. "We just couldn't string enough hits together, really, to do any damage. On top of that, they had really good at-bats against our guys, and we didn't play defense as good as we should have. We didn't pitch as good as we should have. We have to be better in everything."
Michael Wagaman is a contributor to MLB.com based in San Francisco.