1969: Braves Score Late to Overcome Padres

July 11, 1969, San Diego: Braves 6, Padres 3 (box score)

After the two teams traded zeros for the first two innings, San Diego broke through against right-hander Pat Jarvis in the third. Ivan Murrell walked and Chris Cannizzaro singled, with Murrell scoring and Cannizzaro advancing to second on an error by right fielder Felipe Alou. Pitcher Dick Kelley struck out and John Sipin grounded back to the box, but Roberto Pena knocked a two-out double to plate Cannizzaro and give the Padres a 2-0 lead.

Kelley coughed up the advantage immediately. Three singles and a double off the bat of Rico Carty resulted in three runs for the visitors. The Padres, though, tied the game in the bottom half of the fourth on a Van Kelly single and a Larry Stahl triple.

The score remained 3-3 until the top of the ninth. Then, with Jack Baldschun on the mound for San Diego, things got ugly. Orlando Cepeda led off with a single. After ex-Padre Tony Gonzalez flied to right, Bob Tillman drew a walk.

Billy McCool then came on to face the punchless Gil Garrido (more than 90% of his career base hits were singles). Braves manager Lum Harris sent Tito Francona up to bat for Garrido, and Francona walked to load the bases.

With the pitcher’s spot due up for Atlanta, Preston Gomez replaced McCool with Tommie Sisk. Bob Aspromonte batted for Jarvis and singled home Cepeda and Tillman. Another single by Alou made the score 6-3, which after an uneventful bottom of the ninth became the final.

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