1969: Light-Hitting Arcia Powers Padres Past Houston

September 15, 1969, San Diego: Padres 5, Astros 3 (box score)

Jose Arcia’s career spanned two seasons and change. In just over 650 plate appearances, the infielder from Cuba batted .215/.260/.278. His OPS+ was 52.

Arcia came into this game hitting .190/.234/.236 on the season (259 PA). He had driven in six runs all year, three in an August 20 contest at Montreal. You get the picture, right? The guy couldn’t hit.

On the third Monday in September, though, Arcia was a one-man wrecking crew. He led off the bottom of the first with an infield single off Astros right-hander Don Wilson and came around to score the game’s first run on a Nate Colbert single to left.

In the fourth, Jerry Morales doubled home Van Kelly with one out. After Fred Kendall struck out, Frankie Libran and pitcher Corkins walked to load the bases. Wilson was yanked in favor of Jim Ray, who proceeded to serve up a bases-clearing double to Arcia. The Padres now led, 5-0.

San Diego starter Mike Corkins worked five strong innings before faltering in the sixth. After allowing two runs on four straight hits to open the inning, Corkins yielded to veteran Jack Baldschun, who wild-pitched a third run home before retiring the side with the Padres’ lead still intact.

Dave Roberts worked the final three innings, facing just one over the minimum en route to his first career save, in support of Corkins’ first career win. Jimmy Wynn accounted for three of Houston’s six hits in a losing cause.

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