September 22, 1969, San Diego: Giants 4, Padres 2 (box score)
Endure the present, and watch for better things.
— Virgil (not Ozzie)
In the Padres’ case, they would have to watch for a very long time. Then again, Virgil had been dead for 2,000 years, so length is a relative concept.
The Giants scored first. In the third, Ron Hunt and Jim Ray Hart each notched RBI singles against San Diego’s Mike Corkins to take a 2-0 lead.
The Padres came back in the bottom half. With one out, Jose Arcia singled to center. After Roberto Pena struck out, Arcia stole second and then scored on an Ollie Brown single.
In the sixth, San Diego tied the game at 2-2. That sounds nice, but it should have been much nicer. Despite two doubles and a triple, the Padres managed to score only one run. Pena committed the cardinal sin of making the first out at third base when he tried to stretch his double.
The next inning, the Giants untied the game. Hunt led off with an infield single, bringing up rookie left fielder George Foster. San Francisco manager Clyde King pulled Foster back and sent 38-year-old Willie Mays to the plate. Mays promptly smacked his 13th homer of the season over the left-field fence to give his team a 4-2 lead it would not relinquish.
Don McMahon, who had replaced starter Ron Bryant to start the sixth, picked up the win. Corkins took the loss, falling to 1-3 on the season. Brown and Nate Colbert each had two hits and an RBI for the home team, which had lost its fourth straight and 106th game overall.