Adams struck in the top of the fourth inning. With the bases empty, Adams clubbed a 78 mph curveball from Madison Bumgarner out to right for the solo shot. It was Adams' only hit of the night. He finished 1 for 3, with one run scored and one RBI.Analysis:
With the game tied in the bottom of the ninth, Ishikawa stepped to the plate with two men on base. Ishikawa had been hitless to that point, though he did manage to walk once during the contest. He would deliver in this at-bat, though. Ishikawa blasted a three-run homer out to right off Michal Wacha. The hit won the NLCS for the Giants. They'll take on the Royals in the World Series.Analysis:
Pedro Alvarez made 25 errors last season, and the team will discuss a possible transition to first base moving forward. In that scenario, Davis would be out of a role with his new club, and would be a candidate to be dealt. Davis hit .233/.344/.378 over 360 at-bats with the Mets and Pirates.Analysis:
"We're in our 14th different home in 14 years this year," LaRoche said about his family, per MASNsports.com. "The reason I say that is because I don't think it's as exciting for my wife as it is for me bouncing around to these different teams. ... It can be kind of a change of scenery and kind of a fresh start for guys, but I also know the grass isn't always greener. So, I know I'm in an unbelievable situation here."
LaRoche said he thanked president of baseball operations Mike Rizzo after the Game 4 loss in the NLDS for bringing him back in 2011.
"It may not work out," LaRoche said. "I don't think it will have anything to do with the money. I really don't. I think it's going to be more of a position issue. If there's a place for me, if first base is open and they can do it, I think they will. If it comes down and it just doesn't work, I think that's going to be the deciding factor more than the salary would be my guess."Analysis:
Belt, who had just 12 home runs in the regular season, uncorked a solo home run off Tanner Roark to lead off the 18th inning. The long ball proved to be the distance, as he finished 1 for 7 with a run scored and an RBI in a 2-1 Game 2 victory, the longest game in postseason history (6:23). He's gone 5 for 14 with five RBI in three postseason games.Analysis:
Overbay wrapped up his 2014 season with a .233/.328/.333 line along with four home runs and 35 RBI in 258 at-bats while playing with the Brewers for the first time since 2005. If this is the end, he'll finish his career with a .266/.347/.429 line along with 151 home runs, 675 RBI and 19 stolen bases in 5,102 at-bats over 14 years with six different teams.Analysis:
"I think the formula for Freddie is getting consistent chances," Braves hitting coach Greg Walker said, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "The (No.) 1 and 2 hole was up and down this year. We couldn’t find consistent answers there. We needed Jason (Heyward) in both spots, in the middle and leading off. That was not what he wanted to do. Jason views himself as a middle-of-the-lineup hitter. He’s a team player and he’s going to do whatever the manager asks him to do, but that’s what he views himself as, a middle-of-the-order hitter.
"But if you give Freddie consistent chances and they pitch to him, that’s another big key. You’ve got to have somebody behind him, that’s part of the puzzle. Yeah, Justin (Upton) had a great year hitting behind him this year, but one reason (Upton) had a lot of RBI is that Freeman walked a lot."Analysis:
Down one run with two outs in the ninth, Duda took Tony Sipp yard for a two run home run to end the game. He finished 1 for 4 with a run scored and two RBI. He is hitting .251/.348/.473 with 29 homers and 88 RBI over 510 at-bats.Analysis: