Giants' Ishikawa takes close call in stride

Giants' Ishikawa takes close call in stride

LOS ANGELES -- The Giants' Travis Ishikawa said that he received more than the usual number of text messages from relatives and friends in the wake of the apparent winning run he scored vs. the Mets in Sunday's ninth inning.

The normally placid Ishikawa fielded no comments about his argument with plate umpire Phil Cuzzi, who called him out despite overwhelming video, photographic and anecdotal evidence to the contrary. The Giants lost, 4-3, in 10 innings.

"Nothing out of the ordinary," Ishikawa said Monday of his surge of messages. "Just, 'Thought you were safe.' You've got to move on and forget about it as best you can."

Ishikawa reiterated his belief in the overall quality of umpiring, adding that Sunday's incident didn't weaken his opposition to increasing the use of instant replay.

"I like the element of what the umpires see is what goes," Ishikawa said. "Otherwise, why would we need them?"