Travis Ishikawa was the first Pirates base-runner to reach scoring position in the opener Monday. After his second single against the Chicago Cubs, a ground ball sent him to second.
Ishikawa’s opening-day start reflected a drastic change in his status since Dec. 18, when the Pirates signed the 30-year-old first baseman and invited him to camp as a non-roster player.
Ishikawa, joining his fifth organization and third of 2013, parlayed the invitation into a spot on the opening-day roster after appearing in seven major league games last year.
“Way better than last year, that’s for sure,” Ishikawa said.
“I feel like a little kid on Christmas right now. It’s an unbelievable feeling.”
The first few weeks of the season will give a better indication as to how manager Clint Hurdle intends to split playing time between the left-handed-hitting Ishikawa and the right-handed-hitting Gaby Sanchez at first.
Hurdle hinted at the possible split Monday, starting Ishikawa against the Cubs tough ...