Ishikawa was with the Giants in their 2010 World Series run, but was with the Milwaukee Brewers during their 2012 run. He took advantage of a leadoff single for Pablo Sandoval, and a walk to Brandon Belt to set up the 401-foot game winning shot. Ishikawa began the season with the Pittsburgh Pirates, but was cut and signed to the Giants' minor-league system.
Madision Bumgarner was named NLCS MVP, and pitched 8 innings of 3-run baseball following a slow start. He did surrender home runs to Tony Cruz and Matt Adams, but ended the game with 5 strikeouts and 2 walks. He is the first Giants pitcher to be named NLCS MVP, after going 15.2 innings, giving up a combined 3 runs in the series.
The Giants went the previous 6 postseason games without a home run, but smacked 3 out of the park Thursday night. Along with Ishikawa's game-winner, Joe Panik had a 2-run shot, and Michael Morse tied the game with a pinch-hit solo shot in the 8th. Closer Santiago Casilla got himself in a bases-loaded jam in the 9th, but Jeremy Affeldt got ended the Cards' threat. The Giants won the series 4-1, as Michael Wacha suffered his second consecutive loss in an elimination game. He took the loss last year in the Cardinals' World Series Game 6 loss to the Boston Red Sox.
The Giants will begin the World Series Tuesday night at 8:07 p.m. EST. in Kansas City against the Royals. It will be the first World Series where neither team won 90 games during the regular season, and it will be a battle of Wild Card game winners. Both teams come in with a historic postseason streak in tact, with the Royals hold an 11-game postseason winning streak, 1 shy of a record. The Giants have won 8 consecutive postseason series, dating back to 2010.