1969: Bullpen Implodes, Padres Fall Again to Cardinals

July 29, 1969, St. Louis: Cardinals 10, Padres 4 (box score)

Everyone in the St. Louis lineup except starting pitcher Nelson Briles had at least one hit in this one. The Cardinals jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead on the strength of three singles and a sac fly in the first. They extended it to 3-0 in the third on singles by Curt Flood and Dave Ricketts.

The Padres responded in the fifth. Ivan Murrell reached safely on an error by second baseman Julian Javier to lead off the inning. Larry Stahl followed with a run-scoring double to left, making the score 3-1.

San Diego took its first and only lead of the game two innings later. Murrell and Stahl singled to start the frame. After Murrell was forced at third on a Chris Cannizzaro bunt, Al Ferrara singled to center, plating Stahl and moving pinch-runner Sonny Ruberto to third. Mudcat Grant replaced Briles for St. Louis, and Ed Spiezio grounded into a force out, scoring Ruberto and tying the game. Roberto Pena then doubled home Spiezio to put the Padres up, 4-3.

In the bottom of the seventh, things fell apart for the Padres. With Billy McCool on in relief for San Diego, Flood drew a one-out walk. Five singles, two doubles, two intentional walks, and two relievers later, the Cardinals had scored seven runs to make the score 10-4, which is how the game ended.

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