1969: Padres Lose Late in Philly

August 23, 1969, Philadelphia: Phillies 7, Padres 6 (box score)

The Padres drew first blood in this one, thanks mostly to the wildness of Philadelphia right-hander Bill Champion. Two walks, a wild pitch, and a passed ball in the first set up an RBI single by Nate Colbert.

The Phillies scored a run of their own in the bottom half on singles by Tony Taylor and Dick Allen, wrapped around a Larry Hisle groundout. The home team extended its lead in the second. A two-out single off the bat of Taylor drove home two more runs, giving the Phillies a 3-1 lead.

The two teams traded runs in the third. Jose Arcia led off the San Diego half with a double to right-center. He advanced to third on a fly ball by Van Kelly and scored on another by Ollie Brown. The Phillies scored their run on a throwing error by third baseman Kelly and a single off the bat of Johnny Callison.

Down 4-2, the Padres busted out in a big way in the fourth inning. Colbert and Cito Gaston led off with singles. A Champion wild pitch moved them up to second and third. Chris Cannizzaro then singled to left, scoring Colbert.

Journeyman right-hander John Boozer replaced Champion to face Tommy Dean, who was lifted for Larry Stahl. After a wild pitch advanced Cannizzaro to second base (with Gaston holding at third), Stahl popped to the catcher for the first out.

Roberto Pena then batted for starting pitcher Al Santorini and singled to center, plating Gaston. Cannizzaro also scored when his counterpart, rookie Dave Watkins, was unable to hold onto the throw from Hisle.

Arcia and Kelly followed with singles, resulting in a fourth run (could have been more but Pena was nailed trying for third on Arcia’s hit), before Brown flied out against Philadelphia’s third pitcher of the inning, Al Raffo. The Padres now led, 6-4.

The Phillies, though, weren’t done yet. They scored a run off Gary Ross in the bottom of the fourth, then added two more in the eighth against Frank Reberger, Billy McCool, and Jack Baldschun to retake a lead they would not relinquish. The final blow came on a sac fly by Allen that brought home Terry Harmon to give Philadelphia a 7-6 victory.

Rookie right-hander (and future Padre) Lowell Palmer picked up his second big-league win on the strength of four scoreless innings. Reberger was saddled with the loss. Veteran reliever Turk Farrell, an All-Star in the late-’50s and early-’60s who was nearing the end of the proverbial line, worked the ninth for his third save of the season and 83rd (and final) of his career.

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