For the second time in three games in the National League Championship Series, San Francisco walked off with a win over St. Louis. This time, Travis Ishikawa's three-run home run in the ninth inning propelled the Giants to a 6-3 win in Game 5 on Thursday night and a World Series matchup against the Royals.
Here's what you need to know about the Giants' win:
• For the fifth time in franchise history, St. Louis didn't come back from a 3-1 hole. The Cards have been ousted in Game 5 four times.
• The Giants have won three of the last five NL titles. Each of the last two times, they won the World Series.
• Ishikawa's walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning was the first one to end an NLCS and the fourth one to send a team to the World Series.
It was the ninth walk-off homer to finish any playoff series and the first of its kind since 2006.
• Before Ishikawa's hit, the last NLCS to end with a walk-off was in 2002, when the Giants beat St. Louis -- also in Game 5. That night, it was Kenny Lofton's single to right field that lifted San Francisco into the World Series.
• Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha hadn't pitched since Sept. 26 before serving up Ishikawa's walk-off homer. He became the first pitcher since Jose Mijares in the 2009 American League Division Series to give up a walk-off homer after having at least 20 days of rest.
• Michael Morse's eighth-inning pinch-hit home run was the fifth one in Giants postseason history. It was the first one since J.T. Snow's ninth-inning shot off Armando Benitez in the 2000 NL Division Series.
• Morse's home run was the 11th pinch-hit home run all time that tied a playoff game. St. Louis' Oscar Taveras did it against the Giants during Sunday's Game 2.
• Cardinals right-hander Pat Neshek had served up just two home runs to right-handed-hitters in the regular season, spanning 156 plate appearances. In the postseason, he gave up two (Morse and the Dodgers' Matt Kemp) in just 27 plate appearances.
• The Giants went 242 plate appearances without a home run before launching three homers during Game 5. Joe Panik hit a two-run homer in the third.
• Madison Bumgarner's eight-inning, three-run performance in Game 5 marked his fifth straight postseason start with at least seven innings pitched and three or fewer earned runs allowed. Bumgarner, who was named the NLCS MVP, is the first pitcher since Randy Johnson in 2001 with such a streak.