SAN FRANCISCO — As the losses continue to pile up, the crowds at Oracle Park continue to dwindle.

The Giants sold a season-low 26,627 tickets for their 6-3 loss to the Pirates on Wednesday and fans who elected to stay home didn’t miss much excitement.

San Francisco fell behind early and only mustered three hits in another frustrating offensive performance at home, where the Giants are averaging just 3.53 runs per game this year.

After setting their previous floor with a paid attendance of 26,826 for Monday’s series opener against the last-place team in the National League Central, the Giants dipped below that total in the club’s 71stt home game of the year.

The club has 10 games left at Oracle Park this season including six in a pair of weekend series, so it’s difficult to envision attendance dropping any lower than Wednesday’s figure, which was the fifth-lowest in ballpark history. The Giants have a base of about 26,000 season-ticket holders, meaning the record-low attendance at Oracle Park of 23,934 set for a May 11, 2009 game against the Washington Nationals won’t be in danger of falling until at least next year.

The actual number of fans who attended Wednesday’s game was much smaller than the announced crowd, but the Giants haven’t given their supporters much reason to come to the park this season.

Barring an impressive turnaround in the final two weeks, the Giants are headed for their third consecutive losing season. The Giants have played better on the road than at home, where they are now nine games under .500 and in danger of posting the worst home winning percentage in the two-decade history of the stadium.

At this point in the season, the Giants are spending much of their time learning about inexperienced or unproven talents who might have a chance at contributing to winning teams of the future.

Rookie right fielder Jaylin Davis is among the players auditioning and he collected his second career RBI and his first at Oracle Park to put the Giants on the board in the bottom of the fifth.

With runners on first and third, Davis ripped a 103.1-mile per hour grounder past first baseman Josh Bell to score center fielder Kevin Pillar who kicked off the rally by beating out an infield single.

After fellow rookie Mauricio Dubon drew his second career walk to bring in the Giants’ third run, San Francisco had the bases loaded with one out and a chance to overcome a 4-3 deficit. Instead, first baseman Brandon Belt struck out before catcher Stephen Vogt popped out to end a big inning that still managed to bring about disappointment for the Giants.

Wednesday’s game also offered the Giants another look at their top pitching prospect, Logan Webb. It didn’t last as long as they hoped.

The rookie struggled through a frustrating outing against the Pirates as the right-hander allowed seven hits and four earned runs in 4 2/3 innings. Webb had difficulty commanding his off-speed pitches as his control of his slider and changeup were issues in the early stages of Wednesday’s game.

Leadoff doubles from Pirates right fielder Jose Ozuna in the second and fourth innings led to Pittsburgh rallies before a two-out RBI single from third baseman Colin Moran in the fifth gave Pittsburgh its fourth run of the night in the fifth.

Webb’s start was an improvement over his last appearance in which the St. Louis Cardinals tagged him for eight runs in 2 2/3 innings, but it wasn’t the type of huge step forward the Giants were hoping to see on Wednesday.

Webb will remain an important part of the team’s plans for 2020, but the organization will be tasked with putting a much more compelling product on the field if it hopes to win back the support of ticket buyers.

Even with plans to reduce the prices of the majority of season-ticket packages, the Giants will likely lose some of their longtime customers this offseason. That could lead to crowds that are even more sparse next year, when the franchise will be faced with a difficult challenge of replacing manager Bruce Bochy and potentially ace Madison Bumgarner.

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