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1969: Padres Finish As They Started, with a Win

October 2, 1969, San Francisco: Padres 3, Giants 2 (box score) Prior to the Padres’ inaugural season, manager Preston Gomez and his coaching staff had hoped their club could win 60 games. Although they fell short of that mark, they fared much better than the last National League expansion team, the historically inept 1962 New [...]

1969: Padres Squander Early Lead, Come Back Late to Win

September 23, 1969, San Diego: Padres 5, Giants 4 (box score) The Padres wasted no time in getting to San Francisco starter Frank McCormick. After Jose Arcia led off the first with a single, Roberto Pena doubled him home and took third on an error. One out later, Al Ferrara singled to left, plating Pena. [...]

1969: Padres Score Six in Fifth, Rout Reds

September 18, 1969, San Diego: Padres 7, Reds 1 (box score) Here’s the danger of small sample sizes, as illustrated by Jose Arcia. We’ve established that the guy couldn’t hit a lick, and yet, over a four-game period in mid-September, he went 9-for-18 with four doubles. In this one, Arcia collected four hits en route [...]

1969: Sutton, Lefebvre Lead Dodgers to Sweep

September 14, 1969, Los Angeles: Dodgers 3, Padres 1 (box score) Let’s get the one Padre highlight out of the way. Ollie Brown knocked a solo homer with two out in the ninth to ruin Don Sutton’s shutout bid. Sutton was in complete control all game. He went the distance, scattering three singles in addition [...]

1969: Kirby Sucks Up Reds

September 10, 1969, Cincinnati: Padres 2, Reds 1 (box score) This Wednesday affair at Crosley Field turned out to be quite the pitchers duel. Through the first three innings, there were a total of three baserunners: all walks by the Padres against Cincinnati starter Tony Cloninger. In the fourth, San Diego scored the game’s first [...]

1969: Padres Start September with a Win

September 1, 1969, San Diego: Padres 5, Phillies 2 (box score) After suffering through a miserable 5-22 August, the Padres opened September at home against Philadelphia. Left-hander Grant Jackson started for the visitors and failed to record a single out. Jose Arcia led off the first inning with an infield single. Roberto Pena singled to [...]

1969: Padres Lose Sixth Straight

August 27, 1969, San Diego: Mets 4, Padres 1 (box score) There’s domination, and then there’s DOMINATION. This game qualified as the latter. Mets left-hander Jerry Koosman gave up a solo home run to Ollie Brown with two out in the first inning. The next batter, Al Ferrara, singled to left. From that point on, [...]

1969: Wise, Phillies Overpower Padres

August 22, 1969, Philadelphia: Phillies 10, Padres 0 (box score) After winning their first series since the All-Star break in Montreal, the Padres headed to Philadelphia to take on the next worst team in the league. If the Padres were going to gain ground on the Expos, now would be as good a time as [...]

1969: Padres Drop Two at Home to Pirates

August 10, 1969, San Diego: Pirates 7, Padres 5 (box score); Pirates 8, Padres 6 (box score) When a team is playing poorly, nothing drives the point home quite like a doubleheader. The Padres on a Sunday afternoon played their first of four twinbills over a 16-day stretch. They would lose all eight contests. In [...]

1969: Padres Break Nine-Game Skid

August 6, 1969, San Diego: Padres 3, Cardinals 2 (box score) A day after getting shut down by Bob Gibson, the Padres had to face left-hander Steve Carlton, who wasn’t yet the dominant pitcher he would become. San Diego scored first on a homer off the bat of Al Ferrara with one out in the [...]