Series-ending walk-offs


Data via the Play Index

Travis Ishikawa’s game-winning homer won Game 5 of the NLCS and sent the Giants to the World Series — the ninth playoff series-winning home run in baseball history, but the first since four were hit in four years from 2003-06. Ishikawa, a journeyman bench player who the Giants acquired mid-season, was an unlikely hero — but perhaps not the unlikeliest. Six of the previous eight home-run hitters were All-Stars that same season, but that list includes Bill Mazeroski, who was best known for his glove at second base before ending the 1960 World Series. Other walk-off artists include light-hitting catchers Todd Pratt (1999 NLDS) and Chris Burke (2005 NLCS), whose home run rates were well below their peers’.

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