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SF Giants: Three Takeaways From the Reds Series

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 13: Kevin Gausman #34 of the SF Giants pitches against the Cincinnati Reds in the first inning at Oracle Park on April 13, 2021 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 13: Kevin Gausman #34 of the SF Giants pitches against the Cincinnati Reds in the first inning at Oracle Park on April 13, 2021 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 14: Austin Slater #13 and Evan Longoria #10 of the San Francisco Giants congratulate one another after they beat the Cincinnati Reds at Oracle Park on April 14, 2021 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

SF Giants: Three Takeaways From the Reds Series

2. Evan Longoria is turning back the clock

Since Evan Longoria joined the Giants in 2018, he has been a hair below average at the plate with a 99 OPS+. With that being said, Longoria has still proven to be a valuable contributor by having one of the better gloves at the hot corner.

The right-handed bat is off to a hot start this season and that continued into the Reds series. In Monday’s game, Longoria went hitless in four at-bats, but he made great contact in the process. He recorded a lineout (95 MPH EV) and two flyouts (102 MPH EV and 105 MPH EV) with these last two outs traveling a combined distance of 751 feet. That is a tough way to go hitless, but baseball can be like that sometimes.

The results were not great, but the process was sound. He returned the next day and gave the Giants a much-needed jolt. Before they could even step to the plate, San Francisco had to combat a four-run deficit.

In recent seasons, a four-run deficit may have seemed insurmountable but this Giants team is gritty yet again. Longoria singled in the first inning and scored on a Brandon Crawford two-run home run.

He stepped to the plate again in the sixth inning with the Giants down by one run and he made sure that no one could catch this fly ball:

On Wednesday, the 35-year-old worked a walk and scored to give the Giants an insurance run. On the year, the righty has slashed .316/. 381/.658 with four home runs and eight RBI in 38 at-bats. Similar to Austin Slater, Longoria has struggled to create lift in his swing, but his average launch angle currently sits at 19.1 degrees. This has been an encouraging start to the season for the third baseman.

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