Ishikawa, Wong have huge impact in NL Championship Series

Two Asian American players not normally in the spotlight are taking center stage in the seesaw battle in the National League Championship Series.

Rookie second baseman Kolten Wong of the St. Louis Cardinals and journeyman left fielder Travis Ishikawa of the San Francisco Giants were responsible for five of the combined nine runs their two teams scored Oct. 14, as the Giants defeated the visiting Cardinals 5-4 at AT&T Park.

Ishikawa hit a three-run double in the first to deep right field with the bases loaded to give the Giants an early 4-0 lead.

The hit gave Ishikawa four RBIs in the series and a batting average of .500 — the highest on the team.

Wong, a 5-foot-9 rookie from Hilo, Hawai‘i, won Game 2 for home team St. Louis in dramatic fashion, belting an 0-1 pitch from Sergio Romo in the bottom of the ninth inning for a walk-off homerun, giving the Cardinals a 5-4 victory Oct. 12.

Wong is batting .300 in the series, with three RBIs.

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