1969: July Starts the Way June Ended, with a Loss

July 1, 1969, San Diego: Giants 5, Padres 4 (box score)

The good news is that the Padres managed to collect 10 hits and score four runs. The bad news is that shoddy defense cost San Diego three runs and, ultimately, the game.

The Giants got to starter Dick Kelley right away. Bobby Bonds and Ron Hunt led off the game with back-to-back singles. With one out, Willie McCovey drove home Bonds. A two-out walk to Jack Hiatt scored Hunt. Kelley then retired Hal Lanier with the bases loaded to escape with “only” a 2-0 defecit.

The Padres struck for a run of their own in the bottom of the second. Al Ferrara reached on an error by third baseman Bobby Etheridge. After Ed Spiezio flied to center, Walt Hriniak drew a walk. Cito Gaston followed with a single to left that scored Ferrara. The Padres, with two on and one out, were unable to score any additional runs in the inning.

In the fourth, the Padres tied the game. Ferrara doubled and Spiezio singled him home to start the inning. Hriniak again walked, putting runners at first and second with no out. But Giants starter Bobby Bolin proceeded to retire the next three batters in succession, leaving the score tied at 2-2.

The Giants pushed back in the fifth. Two singles and a Hriniak passed ball put San Francisco on top, 3-2. The next inning, the Padres knotted the score again on a pinch single by Larry Stahl that plated Spiezio, who had led off the frame with a single of his own.

In the seventh, the Giants scored the winning runs courtesy of a Spiezio throwing error. San Diego pushed across a single run in the ninth to make the score 5-4, but Ollie Brown flied to center with a runner on first to end the contest.

Elsewhere in the world: Prince Charles was invested with his title in a ceremony at Caernarfon Castle.

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