Travis Ishikawa hit a walk-off three-run home run as the San Francisco Giants advanced through to the 2014 World Series following a dramatic 6-3 victory over the St Louis Cardinals in game five off their National League Championship Series (NLCS) in San Francisco on Thursday night.
Ishikawa who made a defensive error in the field earlier in the game that cost his side a run made up for that and then some as he hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to send his wildcard Giants into the World Series for the third time in the last five years.
“I had that moment so many times in my backyard,” a jubilant Ishikawa, who with that shot hit his first ever home run in the post-season in what was his 34th at bat, told reporters afterwards. “It was so cool to make it real.”
The San Francisco Giants who took out the best of seven-series 4-1 against the reigning National League champions the St Louis Cardinals will next face the American League champions in the Kansas City Royals in the 2014 World Series with the opening game in Kansas City on Tuesday night (Wednesday morning AEST).
Trailing 1-3 and entering game five at AT&T Park the Cardinals, who desperately needing a win to keep the series alive took a 3-2 lead and held it until the bottom off the eighth when the Giants tied the game on a solo home run off pinch hitter Michael Morse.
Remarkably the Cardinals then had a great chance to re-take the lead as they had a bases loaded two out situation in the top of the ninth inning but failed to score a run and that would come back to haunt them as just moments later Ishikawa made history as he sent the Giants into their 23rd World Series in their illustrious team history.
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