1969: Dierker Blanks Padres

July 4, 1969, San Diego: Astros 4, Padres 0 (box score)

The Padres played their first ever Independence Day game in front of nearly 18,000 fans at San Diego Stadium. Unfortunately, the only fireworks came courtesy of the Houston Astros.

Larry Dierker scattered seven hits, and the Padres advanced just one runner past first base after the fourth inning. Houston, meanwhile, scored a run off Al Santorini in the first and three more (two unearned thanks to a Van Kelly error) in the fifth.

That was pretty much the game. By the end of the day, San Diego had dropped its sixth straight and fallen to 27-55 on the season.

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