1969: Champion, Phillies Shut Out Padres

September 2, 1969, San Diego: Phillies 2, Padres 0 (box score)

In the second of a three-game series, the Padres and Phillies hooked up in serious a pitchers duel. Tommie Sisk, who entered with an 0-9 record and a 5.83 ERA, started for San Diego; the visitors countered with rookie right-hander Bill Champion.

Through five innings, neither team had scored. In fact, there had been only three hits total to that point.

Johnny Briggs led off the sixth for Philadelphia with a bunt single to third. After another bunt advanced Briggs to second base, Dick Allen singled him home to make the score 1-0.

The Phillies added another run in the eighth. Briggs tripled to right-center with one out, and Cookie Rojas drove him home with a sac fly to right.

The Padres, meanwhile, couldn’t solve Champion. They put two runners on in the eighth and left both stranded. In the ninth, Ivan Murrell singled and Al Ferrara walked to start the inning, but Champion retired the next three batters to complete the 2-0 shutout victory and improve his record to 5-7. Sisk, the tough-luck loser, fell to 0-10 on the season.

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