MLB Rickwood Field Game live score, updates, highlights from Cardinals vs. Giants

By | June 20, 2024

Top-flight baseball is back at Rickwood Field as Major League Baseball makes its debut at the historic ballpark.

The St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants will square off in the special game at 7:15 p.m. ET Thursday, June 20, in honor of Juneteenth. The two teams will wear special uniforms paying homage to Negro League teams.

The first-of-its-kind contest represents another step toward Negro Leagues history becoming incorporated with MLB history.

Some of baseball’s best stars in the 20th century played in the Negro Leagues, and Willie Mays was one of them. The Hall of Famer played 13 games for the Birmingham Black Barons at Rickwood Field in 1948. MLB will celebrate his life ahead of Thursday’s first pitch.

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As for the Cardinals (36-37) and Giants (36-39), they’ll face off in an NL interdivisional matchup. Keaton Winn will take the mound for San Francisco, while Andre Pallante will start for St. Louis.

Neither pitcher poses a significant threat, so expect plenty of offense in the nationally televised matchup.

The Sporting News has you covered with live scores, updates and highlights from the Cardinals vs. Giants game at Rickwood Field.

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Cardinals vs. Giants score

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 F
Giants 0 0 3 0 0 2
Cardinals 3 0 2 0 0

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MLB Rickwood Field Game updates, highlights from Cardinals vs. Giants

(All times Eastern)

End of top sixth

9:38 p.m.: Wisely strands runners on first and second to end the inning.

9:37 p.m.: Ahmed works a full count and records a sac fly. Giants get another run, narrowing the deficit. Cardinals lead 6-5.

9:34 p.m.: Slater singles to center, loading the bases for Ahmed with one out.

9:31 p.m.: Flores lines one to center field, scoring Chapman. Siani somehow keeps the ball in front of him on the dive. Runners on first and second, which could have been much worse for St. Louis had Siani not made that play. Cardinals still lead 6-4.

9:30 p.m.: Andrew Kittredge is in for relief.

9:27 p.m.: Soler walks on five pitches. Runners on first and second with one out. That’s it for Pallante after 95 pitches.

9:25 p.m.: Conforto strikes out swinging for the first out of the sixth.

9:22 p.m.: Chapman slides in safely for a leadoff double.

End of fifth

9:16 p.m.: Donovan singles to drive in the Cardinals’ sixth run.

9:13 p.m.: Taylor Rogers comes in for relief with two outs.

9:10 p.m.: Filthy pitch away to get Gorman swinging for strike three swinging. 

9:08 p.m.: Goldschmidt drills a single past a diving first baseman to get runners on first and second.

9:06 p.m.: Burleson gets hit by a pitch to give the Cardinals a base runner with one out.

End of top fifth

9:02 p.m.: Bailey flies out to right field to end the top half of the inning. 

9 p.m.: Ramos grounds into a double play.

8:59 p.m.: Fox is using a filter to emulate an old-school telecast of baseball for the top half of the fifth.

8:57 p.m.: Wisely leads off with a walk in the fifth.

End of fourth

8:53 p.m.: Crawford is picked off on second base to end the inning.

8:51 p.m.: Two straight strikeouts for Rodriguez. A wild pitch advances Crawford to second base with two outs.

8:47 p.m.: Leadoff walk for Crawford, who is playing his first game at 3B for the injured Nolan Arenado.

End of top fourth

8:43 p.m.: Your typical 1-4-3 double play to end the top half of the fourth.

8:42 p.m.: Slater walks and runners are on first and second with one out.

8:38 p.m.: Soler nearly clears the wall, driving a double to deep center field. 

End of third

8:35 p.m.: Randy Rodriguez comes in for relief. His wild pitch allows a run in, but he gets a strikeout shortly after. Cardinals lead 5-3.

8:30 p.m.: Donovan nearly hits another home run, but a tall portion of the right field wall limits him to a double. Runners on second and third now.

8:29 p.m.: Gorman drives in another run on his second sac fly of the night. Cardinals lead 4-3.

8:28 p.m.: Swing and a miss from Goldschmidt. One out.

8:26 p.m.: Winn doubles to left field and Burleson follows up with a single. Runners are on first and third with no outs to start the bottom of the third.

End of top third

8:21 p.m.: Conforto grounds out to first on the first pitch. Quick two outs for Pallante to end the inning.

8:21 p.m.: Chapman strikes out. Two outs now.

8:17 p.m.: Bailey reaches on an infield single to keep the Giants’ rally going.

8:16 p.m.: See ya! Ramos barely clears the right field wall to tie the game at 3-3 in the top of the third.

8:15 p.m.: Wisely singles to center and now the Giants have a runner in scoring position.

8:13 p.m.: Ahmed goes down swinging on a nice breaking ball from Pallante.

8:12 p.m.: Yastrzemski starts off the third inning with a single up the middle.

End of second

8:07 p.m.: All players in tonight’s game have a 24 patch on their jersey to honor Mays.

8:06 p.m.: Pages grounds out to 3B for the second out.

8:04 p.m.: Crawford strikes out swinging for the first out.

End of top second

8 p.m.: Another ground out for the Giants. Pallante is dealing right now.

7:59 p.m.: Soler strikes out swinging for out two.

7:56 p.m.: Conforto grounds out to begin the top half of the second inning.

End of first

7:53 p.m.: Matt Carpenter grounds out to end the inning.

7:52 p.m.: BOOM! Donovan rocks a two-run shot to right field as the Cardinals take a 3-0 lead.

7:50 p.m.: Cardinals get on the board via Gorman’s sac fly. St. Louis leads 1-0 with two outs.

7:49 p.m.: Oh wow, Ahmed snags a liner right at him at shortstop despite the sun in his face.

7:48 p.m.: Burleson drives a single to the right field wall, advancing Winn to third base. Runners are on first and third with no outs.

7:47 p.m.: Keaton Winn walks Masyn Winn to start the bottom half of the first. 

End of top first

7:43 p.m.: Chapman grounds out to 3B to end the inning.

7:42 p.m.: Bailey knocks one to right field for the first hit of the ball game. He picks up a single.

7:41 p.m.: Pallante strikes out Ramos for the second out of the inning. Two up, two down for the Cardinals.

7:37 p.m.: Pallante misses the zone for ball one to start the game.

7:34 p.m.: Players are taking the field as the Rickwood Field game is about to begin.

7:25 p.m.: Welcome to Rickwood Field.

7:09 p.m.: A few of the original Negro Leagues players are taking the field prior to tonight’s first pitch.

7:08 p.m.: Barry Bonds talks about his relationship with Willie Mays.

6:53 p.m.: A few of baseball’s greats pregame.

6:37 p.m.: Less than an hour to go until first pitch at Rickwood Field.

6:23 p.m.: Here’s a look at the two clubs outside Rickwood Field ahead of tonight’s matchup.

6:10 p.m.: Starting lineups for both squads:


  1. Masyn Winn, SS
  2. Alec Burleson, RF
  3. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B
  4. Nolan Gorman, 2B
  5. Brendan Donovan, LF
  6. Matt Carpenter, DH
  7. Brandon Crawford, 3B
  8. Pedro Pages, C
  9. Michael Siani, CF

P: Andre Pallante


  1. Brett Wisely, 2B
  2. Helio Ramos, CF
  3. Patrick Bailey, C
  4. Matt Chapman, 3B
  5. Michael Conforto, LF
  6. Jorge Soler, DH
  7. Wilmer Flores, 1B
  8. Mike Yastrzemski, RF
  9. Nick Ahmed, SS

P: Keaton Winn

How to watch MLB Rickwood Field Game

  • Start time: 7:15 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: Fox
  • Live stream: | Fubo

Fans can tune in to Thursday’s Rickwood Field game on Fox at 7:15 p.m. ET. Joe Davis is the play-by-play announcer with John Smoltz alongside as the color commentator. Ken Rosenthal and Tom Verducci will be the two reporters.

Those streaming the game can watch on or Fubo, which offers a free trial.