Giants’ current 11-game losing streak is their longest since 1951

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Update (6:45 PM ET): The Giants lost 2-1 to the Braves on Wednesday afternoon, running their losing streak to 11 games. That’s their longest streak since 1951 when the club was still in New York.

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The Giants lost again on Tuesday night, falling to the Braves 4-1. It marked their 10th consecutive loss. The Giants hadn’t lost 10 consecutive games since June 21-30, 1996.

The team record is 13 straight losses, set by the New York Giants between August 9-20, 1944, according to Baseball Reference. The New York Giants also twice lost 11 consecutive games between September 11-19, 1940 and April 19-29, 1951. The only other time it had lost 10 in a row was June 20-30, 1985.

During the Giants’ current 10-game skid, which started on September 1, the offense has been held to three or fewer runs in nine games. The pitching hasn’t been great, but the offense has fallen completely flat, batting .190/.226/.313 with 115 strikeouts in 348 plate appearances over the length of the streak.

The Braves are currently attempting to go for the sweep. Aníbal Sánchez is opposing Derek Holland on the mound. After their series with the Braves, the Giants host the Rockies before going out on their final road trip of the season against the Padres and Cardinals. They will finish out the season at home against the Padres and Dodgers. It’s safe to say that this has been a forgettable season for the Giants.

Phillies select active duty Navy aviator in MLB Rule 5 draft

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SAN DIEGO — The Philadelphia Phillies took U.S. Navy aviator Noah Song in the Rule 5 draft Wednesday, hoping the former top pitching prospect can still be effective once he completes his military service.

There is no definitive date on when the 25-year-old Song might be able to join the Phillies.

Song was picked from the Boston Red Sox system in the draft for unprotected minor league players. Philadelphia put him on the military list while he continues his active duty and he won’t count on the 40-man roster, the pool from which major league teams can select players for the 26-man active roster.

Song impressed in his only pro season, making seven starts for Boston’s Class A Lowell affiliate in 2019, with a 1.06 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 17 innings. With a fastball clocked in the upper 90s mph, the right-hander dominated that year as a senior at the U.S. Naval Academy, going 11-1 with a 1.44 ERA and 161 strikeouts in 94 innings.

The Red Sox drafted Song in the fourth round – he likely would’ve gone much higher, but his impending military service caused teams to back off.

In November 2019, Defense Secretary Mark Esper signed a memo clearing the way for athletes at the nation’s military academies to delay their service commitments and play pro sports after graduation. Song’s request to have those new rules retroactively applied to his case was denied.

Song began school as a flight officer in the summer of 2020 and finished that phase last April. He started additional aviation training in May.

Song was among the 15 players, including three Boston pitchers, taken in the big league phase of the Rule 5 draft, which wasn’t held last year because of the MLB lockout.

Washington took righty Thad Ward from Boston’s Triple-A roster with the first pick. Baltimore took Red Sox minor league pitcher Andrew Politi with the ninth choice and the Phillies chose Song with the 11th selection.

Teams pay $100,000 to take players in the major league portion of the Rule 5 draft. The players must stay on the big league roster next season or go on waivers and, if unclaimed, be offered back to their original organization for $50,000.