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SF Giants’ Wade still motivated by NLDS strikeout vs. Scherzer

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The ball hooked, hooked, and hooked some more. Ten, maybe 20 feet further toward the foul pole, and LaMonte Wade Jr. would have only added to his legend of late-game heroics, propelling the Giants into the NLCS with a Game 5 walk-off win over the Dodgers. But the ball from Wade’s racquet flew just far enough to allow Max Scherzer another throw.

With San Francisco down 2-1 and Kris Bryant at first base, Scherzer fired a 2-2 fastball up and out. Wade left the bat on his shoulder and home plate umpire Doug Eddings called him. A batter later, the Giants’ magical season against the division rival they had beaten for the NL West title had come to an abrupt end.

“Honestly, when I got home, all I could think about for the first two weeks was this scherzer on the shot,” Wade said Saturday afternoon after homer and ripped a three-pointer on his first two shots of spring practice would have .

The more controversial call came from the batter to Wade when Wilmer Flores offered a shy check swing but was called out for a strike three anyway. Wade, however, has been floating in the memories of his last fight for five months.

It took an entire Saturday afternoon to show that he had got it covered – or, better yet, he was using last year’s failure as fuel for this season.

Leading away from the top of the first inning, Wade swung on Rockies starter Frank Duncan’s first pitch and yanked him down the right field line. He raced to second base, and a miss shot allowed him to jog to third as well.

Wade was already back on the plate in the following inning, sending a solo shot to the grass berm behind the wall in right field, the Giants’ second home run of spring practice after non-roster Wyatt Mathisen hit a three-run shot two doughs.

This time, Wade’s homer sailed well away from the foul pole, over the 390-foot mark in right midfield. He didn’t give the referee an opportunity to take his fate out of his hands.

“I lost a lot of sleep on that,” Wade said of the end of his season against Scherzer. “But it’s also helped motivate me through the off-season and doing those pointers and getting better and improving. I grew from it, I learned from it. I look forward to this at-bat this year.”

Remarkable

  • The ball flew in the warm Arizona air at Salt River Fields Saturday afternoon in the Giants’ first game of the spring. No one benefited more than the Giants’ lineup, which had been unsuccessfully held for seven innings the night before. Beyond Wade’s 2v2 display, midfielder Steven Dugar hit a line-drive home run to the deepest part of the stadium in left midfield and unleashed a laser beam from center to pin a Rockies runner in first-third place.

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Dais Johnston

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