Ishikawa blast sends Giants to World Series

Fri Oct 17, 2014 12:13am EDT
 
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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Travis Ishikawa blasted a walk-off three-run home run in the ninth inning as the San Francisco Giants beat the St Louis Cardinals 6-3 on Thursday to clinch the National League Championship series and return to the World Series.

The Giants had gone six consecutive playoff games without hitting a home run but belted three in Game Five to complete a 4-1 triumph in the best-of-seven series.

"It's a great feeling right now, I can't describe it," Ishikawa told reporters as his team mates and Giants fans celebrated wildly at AT&T Park.

"I was just trying to look for a good pitch to hit, I got a fastball. I'm just so thankful for this organization to give me this opportunity."

San Francisco advance to a third World Series appearance in five seasons, where they will face the Kansas City Royals, who won the American League Championship Series on Wednesday.

The Giants captured the MLB title in both 2010 and 2012.

San Francisco continued their magic touch in the playoffs by coming from behind to sting St Louis yet again and win for the 15th time in their last 17 post-season games.

With the home team trailing 3-2 in the eighth inning, Michael Morse came up and bombed a pinch-hit solo homer to even the score.

"I almost had to pinch myself, I thought I was dreaming," Morse said. I wanted to be ready. You never know when a situation like this will come up and a team will count on you."   Continued...

 
Oct 16, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants left fielder Travis Ishikawa (45) runs the bases after hitting a walk off three run home run against the St. Louis Cardinals during the ninth inning of game five of the 2014 NLCS playoff at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports