1969: Reed Fans Thirteen En Route to Victory over Padres

September 27, 1969, Atlanta: Braves 4, Padres 2 (box score)

Ron Reed — yes, the former basketball player — dominated the Padres in this one. San Diego’s sole chance to cause major damage came in the sixth, and for a while it looked as though they might.

With one out, Roberto Pena and Ollie Brown singled. Pena advanced to third on the play, with Brown taking second on the throw. In a move that seems baffling in retrospect, Reed intentionally walked Al Ferrara to load the bases for Nate Colbert. The young first baseman delivered, singling home two runs and giving the Padres a 2-1 lead. Reed then retired Ivan Murrell and Chris Cannizzaro to end the frame.

Atlanta tied the contest in the bottom of the sixth on a solo homer by Rico Carty. The Braves pushed across another run the next inning on a two-out single by ex-Padre Tony Gonzalez that ended up being the game winner, and tacked on one more in the eighth to make the final score 4-2.

Reed went the distance for Atlanta, scattering seven hits and striking out thirteen. The Braves had won their eighth straight in front of 14,572 at home, pushing their lead in the NL West to 2 1/2 games over second-place San Francisco and a barely believable 40 1/2 over the Padres.

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