Friday, July 21, 1978 at San Diego Stadium
Game 1245 – 8/25/12

Randy Jones went seven strong innings, allowing two runs on ten hits, and outfielder Jerry Turner exploded from a batting slump with a 3-run home run to break a 1-1 tie, as the Padres handled the Cubs 6-2 in front of a ‘Padres Picture Card Night’ crowd at San Diego Stadium.

Turner’s blast came with one out in the third, after the Cubs had taken a 1-0 lead one inning earlier—on a Dave Rader RBI single that sent Gene Clines home from third base—and after the Padres had tied the contest in their half of the frame, on a Broderick Perkins double to the wall that allowed Dave Winfield to score easily from second. “It felt good,” Turner told KOGO Radio during a post-game interview. “I was getting tired of hitting singles the whole freaking month.”

For Turner, it was his 13th HR of the season, and it gave the Padres a lead on Cubs starter Dave Roberts (4-4) they would never relinquish. Turner would send another runner home in the fifth, after grounding into a double play that scored Richards from third, and the Pads would round out their scoring in the seventh when Ozzie Smith trotted home from third base after Winfield connected for his second base hit of the night.

The Cubs added a run in the seventh as well, with light-hitting Manny Trillo drilling a sharp single to right that again scored Clines. But there’d be no more threat from Chicago over the final two innings against Mickey Lolich, who’d come on in relief of a tiring Jones (6-9) in the eighth and overpowered a stymied Cubs lineup, coaxing five of six batters into easy flyball outs.

With the win, the Padres moved a half-game ahead of the Dodgers into first place in the NL West, and will await the result of the Dodgers-Cardinals matchup to see if they’ll have sole possession of first by day’s end.

Oscar Gamble 'Padres Picture Card' giveaway from July 21, 1978

Game Notes

• The game was played in the afternoon at site AZ8 in Peoria, Arizona, on the living room table while I listened to But Seriously, Folks… by Joe Walsh.

• Today was ‘Padres Picture Card Night’ at San Diego Stadium, sponsored by San Diego-area Family Fun Centers. Oscar Gamble autograph not included.

• With the victory, the Padres became the first team in the majors to reach the 60-win mark this season.

• The Dodgers did beat the Cardinals today, by a 4-3 score, so LA and SD remain tied for first place in the NL West.

• By playing this game on August 25th, I’ve now played an SP78 game—at one time or another—on every day of the month of August; it’s my goal to play a game on every ’empty’ date between now and March 14th, at which point I will have played at least one Statis Pro game on every day of the calendar year.

• This game marked the second time that pitcher Dave Roberts of the Cubs and catcher Dave Roberts of the Padres faced each other this season; the pitching Roberts got the best of the batting Roberts this time around, striking him out in the second inning and fielding a grounder back to the mound for the out at first base in the fourth.

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