1969: Allen, Johnson Power Phillies Past Padres

June 14, 1969, San Diego: Phillies 7, Padres 5 (box score)

Al Santorini faced right-hander Jerry Johnson in the second of three games at San Diego Stadium. The Phillies jumped out to an early lead courtesy of a two-out solo homer to right-center off the bat of Dick Allen in the first.

The Padres wasted no time in responding. With one out in the bottom half of the inning, Roberto Pena drew a walk. The next batter, Ollie Brown, doubled to left, scoring Pena. Thanks to an Allen error on the play (apparently he threw wildly to second base), Brown also came around to score, giving the home team their first and only lead of the game.

In the top of the fourth, with Allen on first, Johnny Callison doubled to right; Allen scored on a throwing error by Brown, tying the game at 2-2. San Diego native Deron Johnson then launched a two-run homer to right, putting the Phillies ahead for good.

Philadelphia added two runs in the fifth, and I would love to see footage of this sequence. With the bases loaded and two out, Santorini uncorked a wild pitch that scored Johnny Briggs from third and Tony Taylor from second. Santorini then fanned Deron Johnson to end the inning.

The Padres made a little noise in the sixth. With one out, Brown singled to center and Al Ferrara homered to left, narrowing the gap to 6-4.

Then, in the ninth, with the score now 7-4, Ed Spiezio led off with a home run. With one out, Cito Gaston tripled to center, bringing the tying run to the plate against right-hander Turk Farrell. But John Sipin and pinch hitter Larry Stahl struck out to the end the contest in front of 6,127 fans.

Trivia: Deron Johnson had played for the Padres in 1963, leading the Pacific Coast League with 33 home runs that year.

Elsewhere in the world: Tennis star Steffi Graf was born in Mannheim, West Germany.

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