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Ishikawa was the hero of the National Championship series, hitting a memorable home run in Game 6 against the Cardinals that will rival Bobby Thomson’s shot off of Ralph Branca, especially since the Giants followed up Ishikawa’s blast by winning the World Series.
The 31-year-old first baseman/outfielder started the season with Pittsburgh before signing a minor league contract with the Giants. When he was signed Ishikawa could have never imagined playing such a pivotal role in San Francisco’s championship run. He played just eight games in left field for the Giants before the regular season ended, with three starts under his belt. Ishikawa did look comfortable at times playing the position; handling all 10 chances he was given.
The playoffs were a different story, Ishikawa was solid for the most part, but in-game 2 of the World Series he made an ill-timed dive that allowed the Royals to open the game up for a 7-2 Kansas City win.
Ultimately, Ishikawa’s dive led to Perez being named the starter for Game 7 of the World Series. Perez is a superior defender compared to Ishikawa, although defensive sabermetrics may not back that statement up because of Ishikawa’s lack of chances. Of course, Perez also had a defensive lapse that almost cost the Giants.