In a wild game at AT&T Thursday night, the San Francisco Giants won the National League pennant in the most dramatic fashion since Bobby Thomson's "shot heard 'round the world" back in 1951, when they were still the New York Giants.
This time, the unlikely hero was journeyman Travis Ishikawa, playing left field despite having little experience at the position.
That inexperience cost the Giants early on when Ishikawa let a fly ball get over his head. Cards 1, Giants 0.
Giants rookie Joe Panik later hit a two-run homer. Giants 2, Cards 1.
The die-hard Cardinals came back with two homers in the fourth. It stayed 3-2 Cardinals until the bottom of the eighth when Michael Morse, pinch-hitting for Giants starter Madison Bumgarner, blasted a solo home run to left.