The file on Travis Ishikawa
Ishikawa makes MLB debut
Travis Ishikawa was drafted out of Federal Way High School in Federal Way, WA by the Giants in the 2002 MLB Amateur Draft. He made his MLB debut against the Arizona Diamondbacks on April 18, 2006, entering in the seventh inning and going 0-for-1 in his only at-bat.
Ishikawa hits first MLB home run
After not playing in the majors in 2007, Ishikawa returned to the Giants in August 2008 and hit his first career home run on August 17 in Atlanta. Ishikawa remained as the starting first baseman through the end of the season, hitting .274 with three home runs and 15 RBI in 33 games.
Ishikawa starts 2009 with Giants
Ishikawa retained the Giants' first base job out of spring training in 2009 and in the first game of the season, he had two hits, including a three-RBI triple. He played in a career-high 120 games that season, hitting .261, nine home runs and 39 RBI.
Relegated to bench in 2010
Prior to the 2010 season, the Giants signed Aubrey Huff to be the primary first baseman. Ishikawa became a reserve, but played in 116 games.
Ishikawa plays in 2010 World Series
Ishikawa was included on the Giants' 2010 postseason roster and collected two hits and one RBI in 10 at-bats.
Ishikawa moves on
Ishikawa spent the entire 2011 in the Giants' minor league system. On November 2, he was he was granted his release and signed with the Milwaukee Brewers on December 12. He made the Brewers' major-league roster and hit .257 with four home runs and 30 RBI in 94 games.
Ishikawa spends 2013 in AL East
After one season with the Brewers, Ishikawa elected for free agency once again and signed with the Baltimore Orioles. He started the year in the minors and made a brief cameo with the Orioles in June. Later that month, he was designated for assignment and picked up by the Yankees, but only appeared in one game for them.
Ishikawa signs with Pirates
On December 13, 2013, Ishikawa signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates and started at first base on Opening Day 2014. But after batting .206 in 15 games, the Pirates designated him for assignment and granted free agency on April 23.
Ishikawa returns to Giants
Two days later, the Giants signed Ishikawa to a minor league deal. They called him up for one game May, and then they recalled him on July 29 and he spent the rest of the season with the big league club.
Ishikawa's defining moment
With Michael Morse and Angel Pagan injured, shikawa was moved to left field. The switch paid off as the converted first baseman delivered the biggest hit of his career: a game-winning home run in Game 5 of the NLCS to send the Giants to the 2014 World Series.