1969: Padres Capitalize on Fuentes Error, Rout Giants

July 15, 1969, San Francisco: Padres 10, Giants 3 (box score)

Clay Kirby and Juan Marichal battled in the first of a brief two-game series at Candlestick. Not much happened in the first three innings. The Giants got two runners in scoring position in the bottom of the third, but couldn’t score.

In the fourth, the Padres broke through against Marichal. Roberto Pena and Ollie Brown started the frame with singles. With runners at the corners and nobody out, Nate Colbert fanned. Van Kelly then grounded into a fielder’s choice, scoring Pena to put San Diego up, 1-0.

The fifth inning should have been an easy one for the Giants. Two grounders to third, one to short — three batters, three outs. Only problem is that Tito Fuentes made an error on what should have been the final out of the inning. Five singles, a walk, and a hit batsman later, the Padres had extended their lead to 7-0 and knocked Marichal from the game.

The Giants scored a run in the fifth on a Willie McCovey groundout and added two more in the seventh on a McCovey home run. The Padres, though, responded in the eighth. Brown pounded a three-run homer to make the score 10-3, which is how this one ended.

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