Maybe nerves got the best of him in his first playoff plate appearance, but don’t worry Giants fans, as it wasn’t late enough yet.
Wade Jr’s second at-bat fared differently in the fourth inning when he struck out swinging as the Dodgers played the shift in the bottom of the fourth.
It was a wash, rinse, and repeat type of night as in the sixth, Wade Jr mirrored his previous at-bat with another fly-out to left field, marking an 0-3 night.
Although he was struggling at the plate tonight, Wade opened the top of the seventh inning by catching a pop fly out in right field as the G-Men continued to dominate Goliath.
A slow bat can't stop the hustle of LaMonte Wade Jr., who shags a pop fly in the top of the seventh inning. pic.twitter.com/hsOlYPxpL8
— Brandon L. Carr (@Carrpediem21) October 9, 2021
Giants manager Gabe Kapler spoke with the media after the Game 1 victory and said, ” I think our demeanor and our composer stood out tonight. It was the poise, the big stage, and incredible atmosphere.”
The atmosphere for this long-awaited postseason meeting is the first of its kind for the long-time rivals. The early 1950s and 60s saw the two rivals duke it out in a National League-best of three series, with the then-named New York Giants taking the crown from the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Both teams finished one and two for the best record in baseball. The division came down to game 162.
The Giants accomplished the unattainable by winning the divisional crown with a 106-105 nailbiter in the win column, making the defending champs have to travel to the Bay Area in a best of five.
Look for Wade Jr. to find his bat in game two Saturday night at Oracle Park, with first pitch slated for 9:07 p.m. EST on TBS.