1969: Bonds Powers Giants Past Padres

July 16, 1969, San Francisco: Giants 4, Padres 3 (box score)

Dave Roberts couldn’t find the strike zone for the Padres, Gaylord Perry survived some shaky defense, and Bobby Bonds dealt the big blow in this one.

The Giants scored in the first without the benefit of a hit. Roberts retired the first two batters he faced before walking four straight to give San Francisco an early 1-0 lead.

In the fourth, the Giants tacked on three more runs. With two on and two out, Bonds drilled a home run to left to make the score 4-0. They had a chance to do further damage in the eighth, loading the bases with one out, but came away empty.

In the bottom half of the eighth, the Padres finally broke through against Perry. As he had a day earlier, Tito Fuentes committed an error with two out and nobody on base. Once again, it cost his team some runs. After Ollie Brown reached base, Al Ferrara singled to center and Van Kelly homered to right, cutting the Giants’ lead to 4-3.

The Padres had another great chance in the ninth, but couldn’t convert. With runners at the corners and one out, John Sipin bounced into a 1-6-3 double play to end the contest.

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