Our MLBbro came through clutch in a game on August 21st.
The Giants were battling their division rivals, the Oakland Athletics, and Wade was called upon to pinch hit.
And what did our brother do?
Hit a go-ahead two-run homer to help the Giants secure a 6-5 victory. And that was his first pinch-hit home run of his career too, can’t get much better than that.
Wade’s teammates has nothing but respect for him.
“It’s not easy to come off the bench after you’ve been sitting there for three-and-a-half hours and put a good swing on a ball like that,” Giants veteran Brandon Belt told mlb.com.
“But it’s something that we as a team have been able to do really well this year. It’s especially hard for a young player like LaMonte, but he’s shown up at-bat after at-bat, late in the game. He’s been huge for us.”
Wade is the type of player that can make an impact whether he’s starting or coming off the bench.
As the Giants continue to make a push towards the playoffs and fend off the Dodgers and Padres in the NL West, Wade will continue to display his abilities on the field and let the league know that he is a force to be reckoned with.
On Tuesday night, MLBbro Lamonte Wade Jr. went 2-for-5 with two RBI and hit his second clutch homer since Saturday in an 8-0 blowout of the Mets to help San Francisco maintain a 3-game cushion over the LA Dodgers in the NL West.
LaMonte Wade Jr. showed out at the plate this past week as he homered in back-to-back games, recorded his first career multi-home run game on Sunday and had a go-ahead game-winning hit against the defending-champion Los Angeles Dodgers in Wednesday’s game.
Wade Jr. has been a spark plug for the San Francisco Giants, best team in the National League, and will be a key piece in determining one of the toughest division races in baseball.
Wade Jr. still has a long way to go but his .936 OPS shows he is hitting the ball hard while still being selective with his swings enough to reach base.
His Giants will have an off day on Monday before they get ready for what will be one of the toughest stretches of their season: defending home field against the Dodgers and then welcoming the first-place Astros to San Francisco for a weekend set.
LaMonte Wade Jr. is in his third MLB season and his first with the San Francisco Giants.
Let’s just say that Wade Jr. is making a great impression in his first season with his new team. Our MLBbro has been swinging a good stick lately and has given the staff multiple reasons to keep him in the lineup.
In his recent game against the Philadelphia Phillies, he went 0-for-4 at the plate. But that was before he had a two-game hitting streak in the series.
During those two games, he went 4-for-9 with two runs scored. Wade Jr. has looked a lot more comfortable at the plate throughout the season.
In his last seven games, he’s batting .259 with seven hits, one home run, and five RBI. His batting average is now up to .265 on the season.
The talented outfielder has been spending valuable time with hitting coaches Donnie Ecker and Justin Viele. Wade Jr. has put in the work with them since spring training and it’s starting to pay off.
“I feel like starting in Spring Training with Eck and JV, we’ve been working on getting the ball more out in front and not letting the ball travel too deep on you,” Wade told mlb.com. “I feel like I’ve still got a little ways to go to try to be more consistent with it, but I think we’re going in the right direction.”
Unexpected contributions like Wade Jr.’s are why the Giants are 1.5 games up on the COVID World Champion Dodgers and a solid 5 games ahead of everybody’s popular World Series pick, San Diego Padres.
The 27-year-old can be used in multiple positions in the batting lineup. He’s an impactful leadoff hitter that can also spark the bottom of the lineup.
Wherever he’s at in the lineup he’ll make an impact.
Giants’ manager Gabe Kapler has been pleased with Wade Jr.’s performance recently.
“LaMonte continues to have high-quality at-bats and go after pitches that he can drive, so he’s especially aggressive on those,” Kapler said. “He’s also working deep counts and drawing walks along the way, which is kind of why we feel so comfortable with him in the leadoff spot.”
Wade Jr. has also been a force in the field as well. That’s another reason he’s been in the lineup more consistently.
“I feel like it definitely helps you get in a rhythm anytime you’re out there on a consistent basis and you can get in a groove,” Wade said. “I’m just grateful for the opportunity to be able to contribute. It’s a tough game, but anytime you can contribute and help the team win, it always makes you feel good and that’s what I’m trying to do right now.”
Our brother has been putting in the work since the start of the season and he’s making a name himself.
People are starting to find out what Wade Jr. is all about and so far he is not disappointing. He will play a significant role for the Giants throughout the season and he might have found himself a new home for the next few seasons.