1969: Padres Break Nine-Game Skid

August 6, 1969, San Diego: Padres 3, Cardinals 2 (box score)

A day after getting shut down by Bob Gibson, the Padres had to face left-hander Steve Carlton, who wasn’t yet the dominant pitcher he would become. San Diego scored first on a homer off the bat of Al Ferrara with one out in the fifth. Ivan Murrell and Chris Cannizzaro followed with triples to extend the lead. The Padres, though, couldn’t get Cannizzaro in from third and the score remained 2-0.

The Cardinals responded immediately. Lou Brock tripled to lead off the sixth, and Curt Flood followed with a double to right. With one out, Bill White singled home Flood to tie the game.

The score remained deadlocked until the bottom of the ninth. Ed Spiezio led off with a walk-off home run to left against Carlton to give the Padres a 3-2 win in front of 8,000 fans at San Diego Stadium. Billy McCool picked up his third victory of the season in relief of starter Clay Kirby, who worked eight strong innings for the home club.

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