Evan Longoria of the San Francisco Giants watches his solo home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the fifth inning in Game 3 of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on October 11, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.
Evan Longoria of the San Francisco Giants watches his solo home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the fifth inning in Game 3 of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on October 11, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.Ronald Martinez/Getty Images
If you're a San Francisco Giants fan, you're probably aware that third baseman Evan Longoria has been struggling at the plate of late. But it's hard to overstate just how much Longoria has struggled — which makes his home run in Game 3 of the NLDS against the Los Angeles Dodgers all the more improbable.
Long gone Longo pic.twitter.com/skV0CcWqPb— SFGiants (@SFGiants) October 12, 2021
In the fifth inning, Longoria got the Giants on the board first, smacking a dinger to left field that broke a 0-0 pitcher's duel. The homer also informally broke a brutal 1-for-35 stretch from the 36-year-old, which translates to a .029 batting average. That is... very bad. Like, barely better than Giants starting pitcher Alex Wood's 2021 batting average, which is a cool .000.
But that's not all! Longoria went deep against the wind (albeit less wind than earlier in the game, when gusts were reaching 40 miles per hour) and he did so versus Dodgers star Max Scherzer, who's historically gotten the better of Longoria.
Coming into Monday night's game, in 19 at-bats facing Scherzer, Longoria had recorded a .105 batting average to go with one home run and two RBIs.
Do the math on Longoria's recent cold streak coupled with his inability to make contact against Scherzer and you get what is, as crazy as it may sound, one of the biggest hits of the year for the Giants. It was also, for the record, Longoria's first postseason homer since 2013.
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