The SoftBank Hawks, a professional baseball team, suffered a dramatic loss to the Lotte Marines in an extended 10-inning game on July 23rd, marking their 11th consecutive defeat. This losing streak, the longest in 54 years, harks back to a time in 1969 during the Nankai Hawks era. This defeat is significant as it is the third time in the team’s history that such a loss sequence has occurred.
The Hawks’ losing run began on July 7th in a game against the Rakuten Eagles, leading up to nine straight losses before the All-Star break. The resumption of the second half of the season on July 22nd only extended this dismal performance, adding another loss to the streak.
This defeat meant the Hawks’ losing streak extended to 11 games, a first in the team’s history without a tie. This losing streak is a stark reminder of the franchise’s longest losing streak of 15 games, which included a tie game and took place over three weeks from June 4th to June 26th in 1969. Source: NHK
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