SAN FRANCISCO – As losses continue to pile up, volumes at Oracle Park continue to decline.
The Giants sold 26,627 tickets on Wednesday for their defeat to the Pirates (6: 3) and fans who chose to stay at home did not miss much excitement.
San Francisco dropped out early and scored just three goals in another frustrating home offensive, with the Giants averaging only 3.53 runs per game this year.
"Between walks and mistakes, we gave up some cheap runs and it came back to track us," said manager Bruce Bochy. "And offensive we did not do much."
After the Giants had reached their previous floor in the prelude on Monday with 26,826 paid participants against the last team in the National League Central, they fell in the balance of the club under this level 71
The club has 10 more games this season in the Oracle Park, six of which in two weekend series. It is therefore difficult to imagine that visitor numbers are below the value of Wednesday, which was the fifth lowest in the history of the ballpark. The Giants have a base of around 26,000 subscribers, which means that the record participation in the Oracle Park of 23,934, which is scheduled for a game against the Nationals on May 11, 2009, until next year in danger.
The actual number of fans who attended the game on Wednesday was much lower than the announced audience, but the Giants did not give their fans much reason to come to the park this season.
Subject to an impressive turnaround in the past two weeks, the Giants face their third defeat in a row. The Giants have played better on the road than at home, where they currently play nine games under 500 and are in danger of claiming the worst home win in the stadium's two decades of history.
"You'll have nights like these, sure we do not like them, but they'll be tough," Bochy said. "You look at this series, the first game escaped us, but we looked flat tonight. There's no way around it.
At this point in the season, the Giants spend much of their time learning about inexperienced or untried talents that may help them win teams of the future.
Rookie right fielder Jaylin Davis is among the players to perform, and he garnered his second career RBI and his first at Oracle Park to place the Giants on the board below the fifth.
With the first and third runners, Davis passed a 103.1 mph grounder past Josh Bell to meet midfielder Kevin Pillar, who started the rally by beating an infield single.
After his rookie colleague Mauricio Dubón had made his second career jump for the Giants' third run, San Francisco had the bases with a draw and a chance to overcome a 4-3 deficit. Instead, first baseman Brandon Belt struck before catcher Stephen Vogt jumped out to end a big inning that still brought disappointment to the Giants.
"We just could not do enough damage in this inning," Bochy said. "But you take the fifth and we did not do anything."
The game on Wednesday gave the Giants another look at their top-pitching perspective, Logan Webb. It did not take as long as they had hoped.
The rookie fought his way through a frustrating fight against the pirates as the right-hander allowed seven hits and four earned runs in 4 2/3 innings. Webb struggled to master his off-speed pitch, as controlling his slider and retooling in the opening stages of Wednesday's game was problematic.
Pirates' right-back Jose Ozuna's double in the second and fourth inning led to rallies in Pittsburgh before an RBI single led by fourth baseman Colin Moran's second baseman in fifth Pittsburgh for the fourth time in the night.
"It's just frustrating as a competitor," said Webb. "I want to put the team in the best possible position to win, and I did not do that again."
Webb's start was an improvement on his last appearance, in which the Cardinals marked him for eight runs in 2 2/3 innings, but it was not the big step forward that the Giants hoped on Wednesday.
"It was just a few mistakes," Webb said. "If you do that, you tend to give up hits, and I think I did that again today. It's just frustrating. "
Webb will remain an important part of the team plans for 2020, but the organization will have the task of launching a much more convincing product if it wants to regain the support of ticket buyers.
Even with plans to cut prices for most season ticket packages, the Giants are likely to lose some of their long-time customers this off-season. This could lead to an even more meager crowd next year as the franchise faces the challenging challenge of replacing manager Bruce Bochy and possibly ace Madison Bumgarner.