1969: Sisk, Padres Dominate Astros

September 16, 1969, San Diego: Padres 8, Astros 1 (box score)

Tommie Sisk entered Tuesday’s contest with a 1-11 record. Houston’s starter, Tom Griffin, came in with a 10-7 record. This day, though, belonged to Sisk and the San Diego Padres.

The home team got to work early. Jose Arcia, the previous game’s star, led off the first with a single to center and then stole second. Ron Slocum followed with his first big-league hit, a single that moved Arcia to third. Ollie Brown then singled home Arcia and Nate Colbert launched a homer that made the score 4-0 before an out had been recorded. The Padres added another run on a two-out double by Frankie Libran that knocked Griffin from the game.

San Diego scored twice more in the second. Arcia again led off with a single, and Slocum collected his second career hit, a two-run home run that put the Padres up, 7-0, and effectively ended the game.

Another run in the fifth came at the expense of a right-hander making his big-league debut for Houston, the exquisitely named Scipio Spinks. The Astros countered with their only tally in the sixth. It deprived Sisk of the shutout but not his second win of the season. Sadly, a mere 2,156 fans witnessed the event at San Diego Stadium.

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