Sunday, September 28, 2014

Ishikawa starting in left

There's just no one else, apparently. At least it won't be Juan Perez. Apparently Michael More isn't going to play -- though this story by Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area doesn't bother to explain. 

Baggarly wound up being shunned by several team members in recent days over his reporting of some kind of cofrontation between Shawon Dunstan and Sergio Romo

Anyhow, he posted the story before Sunday's 9-3 vic over the Padres .... here's the relevant part:

Bochy also confirmed that Travis Ishikawa would be his starting left fielder in the Wild Card game, since the Giants are expected to face right-hander Edinson Volquez.
It’s a rather stunning turn for Ishikawa, who was the Pirates’ Opening Day first baseman before they traded for Ike Davis and shipped him off the roster.
Ishikawa, who won a World Series ring with the Giants as a bench player in 2010, is making just his third career start in left field in Sunday’s regular-season finale against the San Diego Padres at AT&T Park.
Ishikawa had played a total of 3.2 innings in the outfield in his major league career before playing 23 innings over seven games for the Giants after joining them July 29.
“That’s why I’m playing him today, to give him a little more time,” Bochy said. “He looks fine. It really looks like he’s tracking the ball well. It’s funny how all this has come around. He played in the World Series for us. He’s got experience and he’s not hesitant at all. He wants to be out there, he wants to play, and that’s part of it. I love his makeup.”
And if Ishikawa turns into this year’s version of Cody Ross, all the better.
Bochy plans to leave off at least one and likely two of his starting pitchers for the Wild Card roster, which can be resubmitted if they advance to an NLDS. That allows him the flexibility to carry an extra reliever and/or position player.
Third-string catcher Guillermo Quiroz is one anticipated addition because it would free up Bochy to use Andrew Susac’s bat off the bench.
The Giants plan to fly to Pittsburgh on Monday.
's the relevant part --



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