1969: Padres Stumble into All-Star Break

July 20, 1969, Atlanta: Braves 10, Padres 0 (box score)

In their final game before the All-Star break, the Padres sent Clay Kirby to the mound against Atlanta’s Pat Jarvis. The game could have gone worse for San Diego, although it’s hard to imagine how.

The Braves scored in the first on two walks, two stolen bases, and an error. They added four more (three unearned) in the fourth. Ex-Padre Tony Gonzalez continued to torment his former club, driving home two of those runs on a bases-loaded single.

A three-run homer off the bat of Orlando Cepeda in the sixth made the score 9-0. The Braves scored again in the eighth to make the final score 10-0.

Padres highlights? Ivan Murrell doubled in the seventh. Larry Stahl doubled in the ninth. Nobody got hurt.

Trivia: Chris Cannizzaro, on the “strength” of his .245/.324/.321 performance, was the Padres’ lone representative in the All-Star game. Cannizzaro hit .170/.220/.248 after the break.

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