After announcing that the Kansas City Royals won against the Baltimore Orioles, taking them to the World Series, some people cheered for another I-70 series with the St. Louis Cardinals. However, after an incredible win, it is the San Francisco Giants who will play against the Royals.
With fans enthusiastically cheering and one out, Travis Ishikawa hit a hard line-drive into the right-field bleachers, giving the team their 6-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5. By all accounts, this was the best of seven league championships ever, taking the Giants to their third world series in the past five seasons.
This year, the KC Royals have been incredibly strong, both offensively and defensively but the team has also played smart but playing against the Giants, they will have to pull out all the stops. The New York Giants have made appearances in 20 World Series, the most of all National League teams. Of those, the team has won just seven times with the most recent victory in 2012.
Interestingly, Ishikawa was nearly retired over the summer, stuck playing in the minors but in July he was called up by the Giants and eventually squirmed his way into the lineup based on injuries of other players. It was only recently that Manager Bochy positioned Ishikawa in left field, although he has always been a first baseman.
In the ninth inning, the Giants had two runners on base and a tied score of 3-3. Hammering a 2-0 fastball from Michael Wacha, pitching reliever for the Cardinals, Ishikawa immediately realized the ball was hit hard enough to clear the right fielder, giving him the winning homerun.
Ishikawa’s clinching hit was the third home run of the night for the Giants who had not hit one in any of the previous six playoff games.
After the game, Ishikawa stated that he remembers hearing the cheers of the crowd and then thought to himself if the ball makes it out of the ball field that would be fantastic. Even though the ball cleared the right field by a margin, it was a home run nonetheless. Fans went into such a frenzied state that Ishikawa had a hard time making it around the bases.
The Giant’s pitcher Madison Bumgarner said that a lot of the players wanted to rush Ishikawa at second to escort him in, forgetting he still had to touch home plate to make the win official.
In the clubhouse, catcher Buster Posey stressed that no baseball game is ever the same. People come to the ballpark to see something different, which is exactly what they get. The Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants will face off this coming Tuesday at Kaufman’ Stadium in Kansas City.