Ishikawa gets brief tour with Giants

He came and went in less than a week, but Travis Ishikawa made an impression after being called up to fill in for injured regular San Francisco Giants first baseman Lance Niekro.

He showed some pop in his bat, going 5-for-10 with three doubles, a triple and three RBIs in four games after being recalled from the Giants’ Double A team in Connecticut last Thursday. In his first major league start on Friday, he went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs against Colorado.

Ishikawa had a short stint earlier in the year, again filling in for Niekro.

His performance will probably earn him another call up if Niekro goes down again or if the Giants need another bat. It’s nice to see some U.S.-born Asian baseball players doing well.

This posting is also on Hyphen magazine’s blog.

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