May 18, 1969, San Diego: Cardinals 6, Padres 5 (box score)
The Padres jumped out to a quick lead in the rubber match against the visiting Cardinals, touching starter Dave Giusti for two runs in the first. After a single, walk, and passed ball put runners on second and third with two out, Ollie Brown singled to left to drive home Roberto Pena and Nate Colbert.
St. Louis got one of the runs back in the second. Then, in the fourth, the Cardinals took a lead they would not relinquish. With one out, Joe Hague doubled to right, scoring Mike Shannon. Later in the inning, Lou Brock singled home Hague to make the score 3-2.
The Cardinals added single runs in the fifth, seventh, and eighth innings to extend their lead to 6-2. In the bottom of the eighth, San Diego’s offense finally showed up to the party. After Ed Spiezio led off with a double to left, Cito Gaston and Chris Cannizzaro hit back-to-back triples to cut the lead to 6-4. With Ron Willis now on in relief of Giusti, the Padres scored one more run on an Ivan Murrell fly ball that brought home Cannizzaro.
The Padres had one final chance in the ninth, but couldn’t capitalize. With two on and two out, right-hander Gary Waslewski came on for the Cardinals to face Gaston, who promptly struck out to end the game. San Diego had lost its second straight at home and seen its record fall to 16-23.
Trivia: For the first time in his career, Gaston struck out four times in a single game. He would repeat the feat less than a month later (June 12 against the Expos).
Elsewhere in the world: In Minnesota, Rod Carew stole second, third, and home in the third inning of the Twins’ 8-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers.