LaMonte Wade Jr. Comes Through for the Giants

With the red hot Los Angeles Dodgers on the San Francisco Giants tail. San Francisco needed a win Saturday afternoon against the Oakland A’s. Instead, the A’s jumped out to an early lead, and the Giants started climbing back into the game. LaMonte Wade Jr. hit a big two-run homer to help the Giants win.

The Giants trailed 5-2, heading into the 7th inning when Brandon Belt and Darren Ruf hit back to back home runs to pull San Francisco within one run. The very next inning, the Giants had runners on first and second with no outs. At the plate was catcher Curt Casali. He tried to bunt, but it was popped up in the air for an easy out.

After that San Francisco tried a double steal right after that, but Brandon Crawford was thrown out trying to steal third. Instead, Crawford took off running just as Jake Diekman appeared to start his windup. Diekman stepped off and threw to Harrison, who chased Crawford down and tagged him out trying to get back to second. Things looked bleak out after the Giants ran themselves out of the inning.

But then came the ninth inning, Brandon Belt drew a walk, and LaMonte Wade Jr. pinched hit for Ruf. Then, Wade hit his 16th home run to give the Giants a 6-5 lead.

“Our offense was able to come from behind and put together some really strong at-bats and I just wanted to follow suit and do the same thing,” Wade said. “(Trivino’s) got a lot of good stuff that’s moving away from you and really coming into you, so just trying to push him out over the middle and get your best swing off. Luckily I was able to do that.”

Closer Jake McGee closed the door in the bottom ninth to give San Francisco a 6-5 win. The Giants needed this win because the Dodgers won their ninth straight game. The Giants remain 1 1/2 games ahead of Los Angeles.

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