The Gateway Baseball Club returned to Arnold Park for the first time this season, where the Padres met the A's. The Padres were backed by the Cardinals and Tigers, while the A's had the help of the Braves and several reserves.
After a scoreless first inning, the Padres scored four runs in the top of the second, thanks to a few walks, and clutch hits by Dominic Dedeck, Kyle Knisley, and Paul Kollar. The A's would score two in the bottom half of the inning.
Going into the bottom of the fourth, the Padres had a comfortable 7-3 lead when Tony Francik come in to relieve, his first time on the mound since the 2014 Wild Card Game. After a couple of walks and base knocks, Tyler McCann and Brendan Henson would hit back to back doubles, bringing the score to 7-6. Francik would escape the inning with the lead intact. No more runs would score.
Notables: GBC debuts were made for Julian Branham and Paul Crawford, as well as a return by Dominic Dedeck.
After the blockbuster McCann-Francik trade earlier in the week that sent Tyler McCann to the A’s and Tony Francik to the Cardinals, the two teams met in a 4th of July showdown that would produce fireworks early.
In the bottom of the first, Francik took an 0-2 pitch deep to left for a solo shot to begin the game. A's starter Tyler McCann was never able to gain a command, and the Cardinals went up 5-0 after the first innning.
Freese would come in to relief in the 3rd, allowing only one run via a second solo shot by Francik. The A’s would make it a game again against reliever Kyle Knisley, as McCann launched his 5th big fly of the season, a grand slam to make it a 6-4 game.
The A’s could not complete the comeback though, as Corey Knisley would add a solo shot, his 9th of the season to make for a 7-4 final.
HRs: Francik (2), C. Knisley, McCann