1969: Wise, Phillies Overpower Padres

August 22, 1969, Philadelphia: Phillies 10, Padres 0 (box score)

After winning their first series since the All-Star break in Montreal, the Padres headed to Philadelphia to take on the next worst team in the league. If the Padres were going to gain ground on the Expos, now would be as good a time as any.

The Phillies, though, had other ideas. Ten-game winner Rick Wise got the start in the opener against Clay Kirby.

Wise was nasty. He went the distance, scattering six singles (three to backup catcher Walt Hriniak, who enjoyed the only three-hit game of his career) and two walks while fanning 10.

On the other side, Kirby gave up six runs in four innings, including a two-run homer to Larry Hisle in the fourth. Hisle, Dick Allen, and Deron Johnson combined to go 7-for-14 with two home runs and eight RBI on the evening.

The bright spots for San Diego were Hriniak’s performance and two perfect innings of relief from Frank Reberger. I suppose you could add one other: fewer than 4000 people witnessed the event firsthand at Shibe Park.

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