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Another key Giant down: Longoria departs with side soreness originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
Another Giants game, another key Giants player removed due to injury.
On Sunday, it was starter Kevin Gausman, who got pulled after six innings of his dominant start in the 5-4 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers due to left hip tightness. On Monday, third baseman Evan Longoria had his impressive day against the LA Angels cut short due to soreness on his right side.
Longoria continued his recent hot streak Monday, getting the Giants on the board with a two-run homer off Dylan Bundy in the fourth inning. His single in the second inning extended his hitting streak to eight games. But when the Angels came up to bat in the sixth, Mauricio Dubon replaced Longoria in the field.
The Giants later announced that Longoria was removed from the game due to right side soreness, which was something he dealt with last season. Should he miss any extended time, it would be a huge loss for San Francisco, as Longoria leads all qualified Giants hitters in batting average (.274) and OPS (.869).
In the immediate, however, the Giants were able to get by just fine without Longoria, as Dubon increased the lead to 4-1 with a solo home run to left center in the bottom of the sixth, his second homer in as many days. Still, they'll certainly be keeping their fingers crossed that Longoria's injury isn't anything serious.