Cardinals' Matt Adams hits solo shot in losing effort
by Chris Cwik |
(10/17/2014) Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams hit a home run Thursday against the Giants.

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. 

Travis Ishikawa walk-off sends Giants to World Series
by Chris Cwik |
(10/16/2014) Giants outfielder Travis Ishikawa sent the team to the World Series in the most dramatic way Thursday against the Cardinals.

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. 

Report: Pirates could deal Ike Davis
by Chris Cwik |
(10/16/2014) The Pirates could deal Ike Davis this offseason, according to the New York Daily News.

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. 

Giants' Travis Ishikawa comes up big Tuesday
by Chris Cwik |
(10/14/2014) Giants first baseman Travis Ishikawa came up big Tuesday against the Cardinals.

Ishikawa had just one hit, but made it count. With the bases loaded in the bottom of the first inning, Ishikawa belted a 90 mph fastball out to center for a bases-clearing double. He would finish 1 for 3, with no runs scored and three RBI. 

Giants LF Travis Ishikawa set to start over Michael Morse
by Marty Gitlin |
(10/11/2014) Michael Morse returned to active status for the Giants for Game 1 of the National League Championships Series, but he is not in the lineup. Travis Ishikawa is set to start in left field instead.

Ishikawa, who will bat eighth in the lineup, has just two hits in 13 at-bats in the postseason.

Adam LaRoche would like to play for Nationals in 2015
by Michael Hurcomb |
(10/9/2014) Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche hopes he will be back with the team in 2015, but is well aware the Nationals might make the decision to transition Ryan Zimmerman to being a full-time first baseman.

"We're in our 14th different home in 14 years this year," LaRoche said about his family, per "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."

Matt Adams smacks three-run home run in NLDS clincher
by R.J. White |
(10/7/2014) Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams wenet 1 for 3 with a three-run home run in his team's 3-2 Game 4 win over the Dodgers Tuesday as the Cardinals advance to the National League Championship Series by a three-games-to-one margin.

The Cardinals could get nothing going against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw through the first six innings, but after two guys quickly reached base in the seventh, Adams delivered a blast into the home bullpen in right field to put St. Louis ahead for good. The Cardinals will face the winner of the Giants-Nationals series in the NLCS.

Brandon Belt's 18th-inning HR lifts Giants past Nationals in Game 2
by Igor Mello |
(10/5/2014) Giants first baseman Brandon Belt provided the swing that gave his club a 2-0 series lead over the Nationals on Saturday.

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.

Brandon Belt drives in three runs in wild-card win
by R.J. White |
(10/1/2014) Giants first baseman Brandon Belt went 2 for 3 with two walks and three RBI in his team's 8-0 wild-card victory over the Pirates Wednesday.

Belt was on base when Brandon Crawford opened up the scoring with a fourth-inning grand slam, and the first baseman tacked on a run in the sixth and two more in the seventh on a pair of singles. Belt and the Giants face the Nationals in Washington Friday in Game 1 of the National League Division Series.

Lyle Overbay expected to retire
by R.J. White |
(10/1/2014) Brewers first baseman Lyle Overbay said Wednesday that he's "99.9 percent sure" he'll retire this offseason, MLB Network Radio reports.

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.

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