On a brisk San Francisco evening in October of 2014, the St. Louis Cardinals and the San Francisco Giants were tied 3–3 in the bottom of the ninth inning of game five of the National League Championship Series. The Giants led the series, three games to one, and were one win away from a trip to the World Series. Giants runners were on first and second. There was one out. Up to the plate stepped Travis Ishikawa, a journeyman ball player who had been originally signed out of high…