Joe Camporeale, USA Today

Travis Ishikawa's Fantastic Week

The San Francisco Giants added Travis Ishikawa as a minor league free agent back in June, and after having a pretty good run with the River Cats he has really broken out the whooping stick over the past week.

Travis Ishikawa is best known for his walk-off heroics back in the 2014 NLCS when he sent the San Francisco faithful home with one swing of the lumber. Let's watch. 

https://youtu.be/ZFKDsFYj3E4

Ah, the feels. 

After struggling with the Giants and Pirates in 2015, he elected free agency last October and was picked up by the Chicago White Sox in February of this year with an invite to spring training. He didn't make the White Sox and instead was assigned to the Charlotte Knights, Chicago's Triple-A affiliate. With the Knights Ishikawa hit just .201 with a .277 on-base percentage in 40 games. He was subsequently released, and picked up by the Giants on June 7. 

With the River Cats, the 32-year-old has hit .274 with a .359 OBP to go along with nine homers and 39 RBI. Since last Sunday, Ishikawa has really turned it on at the plate. In the seven games he's played in he's 12-for-26 which comes out to an average of .462, and has four multi-hit games. This includes an 0-for-3 performance on Saturday night in Albuquerque. 

As far as the power numbers go, he has five home runs and 17 freakin RBI. 28 total bases in a short span of time will do that. 

It's tough to see where Ishikawa could fit in down the stretch, except for when rosters expand in September. The Giants have seemed content to roll with the outfielders they have, and he hasn't been playing much in the outfield anyway, so with the combination Brandon Belt and Buster Posey at first sure doesn't leave many openings, like ever. He could become a pure pinch-hitter for the pitcher in the final month, given his dance with the dramatic just two seasons ago, but even this could be considered a long shot.

Whatever the case ends up being in the coming months, Travis Ishikawa has his place in San Francisco Giants lore, and is having one heck of a seven-game stretch. 


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