On a hot June Saturday afternoon, the first game was played at the newly renovated Jefferson Barracks Field. The game featured the Cardinals wearing the powder blue jerseys taking on the Padres, accompanied by Jeremy Freese of the A’s.
Both pitchers were pitching well through the first 2 innings until the Cardinals broke through with a 2-run shot by Tyler McCann, his 5th home run of the year. The Padres would try to battle back with a solo shot from Christ Bequette to make it a 2-1 game, but a late HR by Corey Knisley would be all the insurance runs the Cardinals would need to take the 3-1 win.
HR's: Tyler McCann, Chris Bequette, Corey Knisley
Another week of rain forced the GBC to play on the turf of Windsor yet again. The combined NL teams of the Padres/Cardinals faced off against the Red Sox/A’s Teams of the AL. The Padres/Cardinals teams would strike heavily in the first scoring 8 runs thanks in part to a Grand Slam by Tony Francik. to take a commanding 8-0 lead. In the second the Red Sox/A’s would get some relief with their pitching but after a leadoff walk Corey Knisley hit the first pitch deep to right for a 2-run shot to make it 10-0. That would be all the Red Sox/A’s would give up the rest of the game as their pitcher would shut down the Padres/Cardinals lineup but the Red Sox/A’s offense could never get going against Corey Knisley and he would give up just one run for a 10-1 Padres/Cardinals victory over the Red Sox/A’s Team.
HRs: Tony Francik, Corey Knisley