2004 Game Summaries and Box Scores

Preview . Tomlinson Return . Opening Day - June 12 . July 4 . July 17 . Alf vs. Miller . August 21

2004 Chair Baseball Season Opener Set for June 12th

May 25th - The latest Chair Baseball Opener ever is set for Saturday, June 12th at Corklestick Park. The latest a season has ever started prior to this year was June 3rd. "You hate to get started that far into the summer, but we really had no choice this year," remarked Commissioner Patrick Cork. "It's been really hard the last couple of years to get all the guys together on the same weekend, so we've had to scramble for players. Hopefully this summer we'll be able to plan more in advance to make sure we've got the talent there each week."

This year's opener looks to be a Who's Who of Chair Baseball. "Right now we hope to have all the big guns coming out on the 12th," added Cork. "Tony Cork, Greg Howard, Dustin Waldrop, Josh Williamson, myself and maybe even Chris Cork. You can't ask for anything better than that. It will be worth the wait in order to put those players on the field together."

This past offseason, the league compiled career stats for all of the players in Chair Baseball history, and the release of them was timed to coordinate with the opening day festivities. "We released the historical statistics this week in order to build up some anticipation for the opener," added Cork. "There were a few surprises and a few really tight races in several statistical categories. It will surely add more excitement and head-to-head competition to the games this summer."

Among the tight races is the all-time homerun list. Patrick Cork leads with 235, but the battle for second couldn't be any closer. Dustin Waldrop is second with 71 and Josh Williamson is third with 70. "I can't wait to pass Waldrop on Opening Day," added Williamson. "I just hope he's there to see it in person." Williamson and Waldrop have had very similar careers with Waldrop playing in 55 games and Williamson 53. Waldrop has just 33 more career at bats than Williamson. Waldrop has a solid grasp on 2nd place in career RBI with 141, but the battle for third should become quite heated this summer as well. Williamson has 111, Chris Cork 108 and Greg Howard 100.

Greg Howard is looking to reach several milestones on the mound where he's spent all of his 6 year career. Howard is just 10 1/3 innings from 600 for his career and is just one win shy of 30 career victories. Howard is also just 6 hits shy of 300 for his career at the plate. Tony Cork will look to follow up his amazing year last summer with another successful one this year. Cork was a brilliant 7-0 with a 1.67 ERA - by far his best season ever. Cork had struggled at times over the previous three seasons, but was virtually untouchable last summer. His 43 wins and 325 strikeouts are by far the best of all time. For the first time since 1999, Patrick Cork failed to hit .400 for a season. A long slump in mid-summer dropped his average to a career low .368 despite hitting 25 homeruns in 13 games. Chris Cork had a career low 18 at bats last year and totaled just 3 hits. A career .329 hitter, Cork hopes to get back on the field more often to build on his impressive career numbers.

Other than Larry Winkler and Willy Truitt, there was very little fanfare for rookies last summer. "As far as newcomers, there are always some surprises, but right now there's only one minor leaguer we have on our radar," added Commissioner Cork. "He's a young fellow that goes by the name 'Rick James' and from what I understand from our scouts, he's a Super Freak. Everything seems to be set for him to make the opening day roster out of spring training."

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Tomlinson Set to Return After 2-Year Absence

June 7th - Ryan Tomlinson hasn't seen the Corklestick Park field since July 29, 2001. After playing in 75 games from 1998-2001, Tomlinson failed to play a single game in 2002 or 2003 due to a myriad of injuries. Tomlinson was knocked out of his last start on July 29 after taking a line drive off his pitching hand just 3 1/3 innings into the game. The hand was sprained and he missed the rest of the year. Once he started pitching again in the winter, Tomlinson felt pain in his elbow. An MRI found a torn ligament and Tomlinson became the first chair baseball player to undergo Tommy John Surgery. After 14 months of rehab, Tomlinson was set to return last summer until he suffered yet another setback when he experienced shoulder pain in spring training. The pain was later found to be tendinitis in his rotator cuff and he was shut down from all baseball activity again. After nearly 3 years of rehab, Tomlinson is set to return to Corklestick on Opening Day on Saturday.

"I can't tell you how much it means to me to get back on the field," remarked an emotional Tomlinson. "It's going to be very hard to control my emotions on Saturday. It's been such a long road to recovery, but I know it will all be worth it when I come out of the dugout again. I can't believe it's been 35 months since I've played chair baseball."

Tomlinson, a career .221 hitter is in rare company. Tomlinson is one of the only players in chair baseball history to see his average rise each of his first four seasons. It has risen steadily from .208 his rookie year all the way to .244 in 2001. His pitching and defense have been more than a bit shaky in his career, as he has posted a 9-15 career record and a 5.33 ERA. His 47 errors are the most by any player. "I am only one error ahead of Greg and I can't let my lone record fall," added Tomlinson. "The fans have been deprived of my excellence for far too long." Asked if he will test out of the new arm on the mound Tomlinson added, "Absolutely. I wouldn't be able to live with myself if I didn't give it a shot. Who knows, maybe all that surgery fixed my delivery and I'll be able to dominate not only in the field but on the mound as well?"

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Pitcher's Paradise - Low Scoring Opening Day . . . . . . . . . .Click Here for Opening Day Pictures

June 12th - After morning showers left the field wet, a steady breeze blew in from center field all afternoon on Opening Day at Corklestick Park making it a day dominated by pitching in the first ever Opening Day tripleheader. All of the scoring in the first game came in the first two innings thanks to the bat of a surprise starter. When Greg Howard and Rick James were unable to catch their flight leaving spring training, Brian Garrard was called upon to make the start. "I was playing great in spring training, but I really didn't think I'd make the opening day roster," remarked Garrard. "When I heard I was headed to Corklestick I was more than a little excited. I think the extra adrenaline helped me early." Garrard got things started as the second batter of the game as he blasted his first career homerun in the top of the 1st inning. They would tack on another run in the second on a throwing error by Josh Williamson, and that was all that Tony Cork needed on the mound. Cork, who was last year's Cy Young Award winner with a 7-0 record and 1.67 ERA picked up right where he left off. He was perfect through 5 innings before allowing a single to Justin Massey, and would go the distance allowing just 3 hits in the 2-0 victory.

Garrard, playing in just his 4th career game, led the offense with a 5-for-12 day including his first career homerun. Josh Williamson suffered the loss despite a very solid effort. Williamson allowed just 2 runs (1 earned) and scattered 9 hits. Tony Cork picked up win number 44 in his career. The battle for second on the all-time homerun list was uneventful as neither Williamson or Dustin Waldrop was able to muster any power.

Stats for 6/12/04 (Game #1) 

(Tony Cork, Brian Garrard, Patrick Cork) vs. (Josh Williamson, Justin Massey, Dustin Waldrop)

TC/BG/PC 110 000 000 - 2 9 1
JW/JM/DW 000 000 000 - 0 3 1

Hitting
T.Cork 1-13; B.Garrard 5-12, HR, RBI, R; P.Cork 3-12, 3B, R
J.Williamson 0-11; J.Massey 2-10, 2B; D. Waldrop 1-10

Pitching
T.Cork (W) 9IP, 0ER, 3H, 5K; J.Williamson (L) 9IP, 2R, 1ER, 9H, 2K

Defense
Assists:  P.Cork 3, B.Garrard 1, J.Williamson 1, D.Waldrop 1;  Errors: B.Garrard 1, J. Williamson 1

Game 2 - Although the field dried out after the morning game, the light breeze blowing in from centerfield continued in the second game leading to yet another impressive pitching performance. This time Patrick Cork took the mound against Dustin Waldrop. In the top of the 3rd, the visitors caught a break as a Waldrop fly ball was dropped for a three-base error leading to an unearned run. However, Waldrop ran into some trouble in the 3rd inning as Patrick tripled to right field to drive in two runs for a 2-1 lead. The game remained 2-1 until the 7th when a slew of singles flew off the home team's bats. With runners on first and third, Nate Owens singled hard to left to drive in one. After Patrick had an RBI single, Owens singled in another run to push the lead to 5-2, and Patrick put the finishing touches on the game with a homerun in the bottom of the 8th for the 7-1 final score.

Patrick was hot in game number two going 9-for-13 with two triples and homerun. He drove in 5 and scored 5 times. Much like Tony in game one, Patrick was tough on the mound going the distance allowing just one unearned run on 3 hits while striking out 9. Waldrop took the loss allowing 7 runs and 14 hits.

Stats for 6/12/04 (Game #2) 

(Justin Massey, Dustin Waldrop, Tony Cork, Robert Trimble) vs. (Brian Garrard, Patrick Cork, Nate Owens)

JM/DW/TC/RT 001 000 000 - 1 3 0
BG/PC/NO 002 000 32X - 7 14 1

Hitting
J.Massey 0-11; D.Waldrop 1-10, RBI, R; T. Cork 1-4; R. Trimble 1-6
B.Garrard 3-13, R; P.Cork 9-13, 2 3B, HR, 5RBI, 5R; N. Owens 2-13, 2RBI, R

Pitching
P.Cork (W) 9IP, 1R, 0ER, 3H, 9K; D.Waldrop (L) 9IP, 7ER, 14H, 3K

Defense
Assists:  D.Waldrop 1;  Errors: N.Owens 1

Game 3 - In the final game of the afternoon, Robert Trimble took his fresh arm to the mound to face off against Larry Winkler. Winkler, making just his second career chair baseball appearance, and first as a pitcher, was stung by back-to-back solo homeruns in the top of the 2nd by Robert Trimble and Dustin Waldrop, but was able to escape a pair of bases loaded jams in the 3rd and 4th innings to keep the game close. However, the offense could muster nothing more than singles off of Trimble who continued the trend of effective pitching on Opening Day. Trimble would add an RBI single in the 6th and Waldrop an RBI single in the 8th as Trimble shut down the opposing offense for the 4-0 victory.

The bats finally came alive in the final game as the visitors tallied 19 hits in the game. Tony Cork was 7-for-12, Trimble was 6-for-12 with a homerun and 2 RBI and Waldrop was 5-for-12 with a homerun and 2 RBI.l Trimble allowed 7 hits (all singles) and struck out 5 to pick up the win. Winkler went 6 innings allowing 3 runs and 13 hits while striking out 4.

In the three games, the losing teams managed to score just one run combined as Tony Cork, Patrick Cork and Robert Trimble picked up the wins. Patrick had the best day of any hitter going 15-for-34 with 3 triples, a homerun and 5 RBI. Trimble, a late arrival, was 7-for-18 with a homer and 2 RBI and Waldrop was 7-for-32 with a homerun and 3 RBI. Garrard, who coming into the day had played just 3 career games, went 9-for-32 with a homerun. The much anticipated return of Ryan Tomlinson was not to be as he failed to make the Opening Day roster due to missing a team meeting.

Stats for 6/12/04 (Game #3) 

(Tony Cork, Nate Owens, Robert Trimble, Dustin Waldrop) vs. (Brian Garrard, Larry Winkler, Justin Massey, Patrick Cork)

TC/NO/RT/DW 020 001 010 - 4 19 1
BG/LW/JM/PC 000 000 000 - 0 7 3

Hitting
T. Cork 7-12, 3B; N.Owens 1-12; R.Trimble 6-12, 2B, 3B, HR, 2RBI, 2R; D.Waldrop 5-12, HR, 2RBI, 2R
B.Garrard 1-7; L.Winkler 2-10; J.Massey 1-9; P.Cork 3-9

Pitching
R.Trimble (W) 9IP, 0ER, 7H, 5K; L.Winkler (L) 6IP, 3ER, 13H, 4K; P.Cork 3IP, 1ER, 6H, 2K

Defense
Assists:  P.Cork 1;  Errors: L.Winkler 1, J.Massey 2, N.Owens 1

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Wild, Rain Delayed Holiday Doubleheader. . . . . . . . . .Click Here for Pictures

July 4th - In what was anticipated to be a day for the offenses, Sunday's 4th of July doubleheader ended up playing right into the pitchers' hands as an afternoon storm rolled through soaking the field and shifting the breeze into the hitters' faces. With a steady breeze blowing out to left field at the start of game one, Chris Cork took advantage as he belted a homerun to left in his second plate appearance of the season in the top of the 2nd inning off of Robert Trimble. The game remained 1-0 through 3 innings until it was delayed for over 1 1/2 hours due to a heavy thunderstorm that rolled through the area. The rain seemed to hurt Tony Cork's control on the mound as he allowed an RBI single to Trimble in the bottom of the 4th and a solo homer to Josh Williamson in the 5th to give Trimble a 2-1 lead on the hill. With the wind in the faces of the hitters, neither team could push across another run until Trimble homered to left just inches over the glove of Patrick Cork for an insurance run that would be huge. In the top of the 9th, Patrick led off with a double and eventually scored on a single by Tony Cork to cut the lead to 3-2, but Trimble was able to escape trouble and hold on for the 3-2 win.

Despite picking up 9 hits in the game (3 apiece), the Corks were only able to push across 2 runs. Trimble picked up his second win of the year while Tony Cork suffered the loss giving up 3 earned runs on just 6 hits. Williamson paced the winners with a 3-for-10 effort with a triple, homerun and 2 runs scored.

Stats for 7/4/04 (Game #1) 

(Tony Cork, Patrick Cork, Chris Cork) vs. (Josh Williamson, Dustin Waldrop, Robert Trimble)

TC/PC/CC 010 000 001 - 2 9 0
JW/DW/RT 000 110 01X - 3 6 1

Hitting
T.Cork 3-12, RBI; P.Cork 3-11, 2B, R; C. Cork 3-11, HR, RBI, R
J.Williamson 3-10, 3B, HR, RBI, 2R; D. Waldrop 1-10; R.Trimble 2-10, HR, 2RBI, R

Pitching
R.Trimble (W) 8IP, 2ER, 9H, 7K; T.Cork (L) 9IP, 3ER, 6H, 3K

Defense
Assists:  T.Cork 2, P.Cork 1, R.Trimble 1, D.Waldrop 1, J.Williamson 1;  Errors: J. Williamson 1

Game 2 - The second game of the doubleheader was pushed back until nearly 5:30 due to the rain delay in game one. Evan Woodard, a rookie from Lawrenceville, Illinois, was called up to take the place of Tony Cork while the visitors would set a chair baseball record by having 6 different players see the field in one of the longest games in chair baseball history. Patrick Cork and Dustin Waldrop took the mound and Cork got into trouble right off the bat as he allowed a single to Waldrop which was followed by an RBI triple from Josh Williamson. Williamson then scored on another single by Waldrop and the score was 2-0 after the top of the 1st. Despite having hitters on base all game, the Corks were unable to crack into the scoring column against Waldrop. With runners on 1st and 2nd and one out in the sixth, Patrick lined a would-be double into center that would have cut the lead to 2-1, however Josh Williamson's throw rolled across the batting box cover and came to rest against the leg of the chair for an amazing outfield assist to end the rally. Throwing out potential hits would become a theme for the visitors as Waldrop was able to skirt in and out of trouble all afternoon thanks to 6 outfield assists on the day, including 4 of his own. A pair of potential homeruns from Patrick and Chris were hauled in by a sprinting Williamson in the 7th and 8th innings as the defense behind Waldrop continued to excel.

While Cork settled down after his first inning struggles, allowing just hits over the next 8 innings, Waldrop continued to pitch in and out of trouble as the visitors stranded 10 runners on base through the first 8 innings of play. Waldrop took his shutout into the 9th where he ran into immediate trouble. With one out, Patrick got things started with what proved to be a costly double to center. On the play, he ripped open his toe on a nail on the batter's box cover and the game was delayed for nearly 15 minutes until he returned to the field. The play seemed to inspire his teammates as the very next batter, Chris Cork, hammered a pitch down the left field line for a game-tying homerun. Woodard followed with a sharp single to right and with two outs, Patrick singled again loading the bases for Chris Cork who at the time was 5-12 in the game. Cork lined a ball near first base for the potential game-winning hit, but Waldrop came up with his biggest throw of the day as he gunned down Cork for his 4th outfield assist of the afternoon.

Despite a heavily bangaged right foot, Cork continued on the mound through extra innings as the visitors continued to send more and more hitters to the plate. Trimble was gone after just 4 at bats and was replaced by Holly Cork for innings 5-9. She was lifted for Tony Cork in the 10th, and Williamson was later replaced by Nathan Piersall in the 11th as the merry-go-round of left fielders continued. Despite all the changes, neither team was able to crack the scoring column through three extra frames as the game was called at 8:00 after 12 innings, due to impending darkness with the scored tied 2-2. The 2 1/2 hour game was one of the longest in chair baseball history. Waldrop and Cork both went the distance giving up 2 runs apiece. Waldrop "scattered" 16 hits in the game and was helped out mightily by his team's 6 outfield assists, including 4 of his own. Cork settled down after a rocky first inning allowing just 4 hits over the final 11 innings and striking out 10.

Chris Cork finished the game 7-for-17 with a homerun and 2 RBI while Patrick Cork was 5-for-18 and Evan Woodard was 4-for-17 in his debut. Waldrop paced the visitors with a 6-for-15 day while Williamson, Tony, Holly, Trimble and Piersall combined to go just 2-for-30 in the game. The tie was the second tie in history - the other coming on July 20, 2002. "Ties stink, but it was getting dark and we had been out there for 7 hours," remarked Commissioner Cork. "It was one of the more amazing games I've seen here. They had 6 assists, but they also had about a dozen other throws from medium range and Waldrop never missed the chair. His pitch count had to be over 300 with 150 of them balls, but he couldn't miss the chair from the outfield. Add in Williamson's throw on the double, his two running catches to rob homeruns and a game-tying homer in the bottom of the 9th and it was just a great game to be a part of. If Waldrop would have just missed the chair on Chris's hit in the 9th we wouldn't be having this discussion about ties though. Thanks DWal."

Stats for 7/4/04 (Game #2) 

(Josh Williamson, Dustin Waldrop, Robert Trimble, Holly Cork, Tony Cork, Nathan Piersall) vs. (Patrick Cork, Chris Cork, Evan Woodard)

JW/DW/RT/HC/TC/NP 200 000 000 000 - 2 8 0
PC/CC/EW 000 000 002 000 - 2 16 0

Hitting
J.Williamson 1-14, 3B, RBI, R; D.Waldrop 6-15, 2B, 3B, RBI, R; R.Trimble 0-4; H.Cork 0-7; T.Cork 1-4; N.Piersall 0-1
P.Cork 5-18, 2B, R; C.Cork 7-17, HR, 2RBI, R; E.Woodard 4-17

Pitching
P.Cork (ND) 12IP, 2ER, 8H, 10K; D.Waldrop (ND) 12IP, 2ER, 16H, 6K

Defense
Assists:  D.Waldrop 4, J.Williamson 1, N.Piersall 1, P.Cork 1  Errors: None

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Strong Pitching Continues. . . . . . . . . .Click Here for Pictures

July 17th - Although the weather conditions were slightly better for the offenses on Saturday, the result was much like the previous five games as runs were at a premium. Warmer weather and a mild breeze blowing from left to right didn't help the hitters, two of which were making the debuts at the Stick - Chris Midgett and Kevin Ryan. The game was scoreless until the bottom of the third inning when Dan Inboden drove a Tony Cork pitch onto the driveway in center for a 2-0 lead. Patrick Cork was able to answer in the top of the 4th with a solo shot onto the garage off of Inboden in right to cut the lead to 2-1. In the top of the 5th, Patrick tripled off the garage with one out, but was left stranded as Tony and Kevin Ryan weren't able to drive him in. Inboden continued to get ground ball after ground ball as Tony was able to avoid trouble in the bottom of the 8th inning escaping a bases loaded jam thanks to an outfield assist from Kevin to keep the game at 2-1. Despite the momentum going into the 9th, the visitors still weren't able to mount any offense as Inboden put them down in order to secure the win. Inboden allowed just 4 hits in the game, and went 6-for-11 at the plate with a homerun and both of his team's RBI. Tony Cork the loss despite allowing just 2 runs in 8 innings of work. Cork has allowed just 5 runs in 25 innings on the season, but is just 1-2. Midgett was 3-11 in his debut, while Kevin Ryan was 1-for-11.

Stats for 7/17/04 (Game #1) 

(Tony Cork, Kevin Ryan, Patrick Cork) vs. (Nate Owens, Chris Midgett, Dan Inboden)

TC/KR/PC 000 100 000 - 1 4 0
NO/CM/DI 002 000 00X - 2 10 1

Hitting
T.Cork 0-11; K.Ryan 1-11; P.Cork 3-10, 3B, HR, RBI, R
N.Owens 1-12, 2B; C.Midgett 3-11, R; D.Inboden 6-11, 2B, HR, 2RBI, R

Pitching
D.Inboden (W) 8IP, 1ER, 4H, 6K; T.Cork (L) 9IP, 2ER, 10H, 6K

Defense
Assists:  C.Midgett 2, P.Cork 1, K.Ryan 1,   Errors: N.Owens 1

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Alf and Miller Prepare for Showdown

August 13th - A pair of one-hit wonders are preparing for a classic faceoff on Saturday to prove they are anything but that. Paul Alf and Jonathan Miller, both with just 2 games under their belts, will battle at Corklestick Park for supremacy. "I know I'm better than Miller," barked Alf. "Heck, he didn't even play two full games." "Paul is just mad because I put up the same numbers he did and did it in 10 less at bats," responded Miller.

The rivalry between Alf and Miller goes back many years to when they both were attending Greenville College. "I'm a Cubs fan and he's a Cardinals fan, so we were pretty much rivals from the day we met," remarked Alf. "Paul is a classic Cubs fan," answered Miller. "Much like the Cubs, I find him to be a lovable loser." Both graduated from Greenville in the spring of 2001. At that point Alf had already made his debut while Miller wouldn't play his first game until the following fall. "I made a pretty rapid rise to the professional level," added Alf. "I was more talented than Miller when we were younger and I'm more talented than Miller now."

Alf made his debut on a blustery July 3rd day in the summer of 2000. After scuffling early in the opener, Alf put up impressive numbers as the doubleheader wore on. In the first game he was 6-for-15 with a homerun and 3 RBI and followed it up with a 7-for-15, 2 homer, 5 RBI game in the nightcap. His .433 average and .733 slugging percentage were impressive. Miller graced the Corklestick field for the first time on September 2, 2002. After starting 0 for his first 5, he ended with a 3-for-12, one homerun, 2 RBI game in his debut. Miller was on fire in the second game of the doubleheader going 4-for-8 with 2 homeruns and 5 RBI before the game was called after just 4 innings. Despite the shortened affair, the game was deemed official and Miller's stats counted. His 7-for-20, 3 HR, 7 RBI performance (.350 average, .800 slugging) was equally impressive. "Paul is lucky that game got cut short or we wouldn't even be talking about similar numbers," added Miller. Neither player has played since.

"This is what makes chair baseball so great," said Commissioner Patrick Cork. "When you have these types of rivalries it really makes the games interesting. These two are going to be going at each other with everything they have on Saturday. It has all the makings for one of the most excitng and intense days we've ever had. It would be great if this became an annual event - the grudgematch between Paul and Jonathan. Our attendance numbers would go through the roof."

You can read about Alf and Miller's debuts on the chair baseball website:

Alf's Debut

Miller's Debut

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Alf and Miller Finally go Head-to-Head. . . . . . . . . .Click Here for Pictures

August 21 – The most anticipated head-to-head duel in chair baseball history came and went on Saturday as Paul Alf and Jonathan Miller each made the trek from Chicago with bragging rights on the line. After 20 grueling innings on the field, the case for each only grew stronger as the two split the doubleheader - each winning one game.

Alf surprised the sellout crowd as he took the mound in the first game of the doubleheader. Alf, who hadn’t played a game at Corklestick since the summer of 2000, didn’t pitch that day, but he looked nothing like a rookie in his pitching debut on Saturday. “I wanted to get the complete chair baseball experience,” commented Alf. “I wanted to prove I can do more than hit. All great chair baseball players do more than just play offense. I had to prove it to everyone I could excel on the mound as well.” Excel was the appropriate word to describe Alf’s pitching as he breezed through the first 4 innings allowing only one hit. Offensively, his team of Patrick Cork and Evan Woodward continued to put runners on base, but were unable to crack the scoring column leaving the bases loaded in the 2nd and 4th innings. The game remained scoreless into the 8th when the home team finally threatened. Jake Hoalt led off with a single which was followed by a single from Jonathan Miller putting runners on 1st and 2nd with nobody out. It was just the second time in the game they had a runner reach second base. Tony Cork sent a line drive into right field, but Evan Woodard made a fine catch of the liner to squash the potential rally. Alf retired the next two batters to escape trouble. “Evan’s catch was huge,” said Patrick Cork. “If that ball drops, they have the bases loaded with nobody out. With our offense not producing, that play probably saved the game.”

As the game remained scoreless into extra innings, Cork and Alf seemingly got stronger until Tony ran into trouble in the top of 11th. Alf, who was just 2-for-13 at the time, ripped a double to left to lead off the inning. Patrick then sent a Tony Cork fastball over the wall in right field for a 2-run homer and the first runs of the game. Alf went on to retire the side in order in the bottom of the inning to secure the 2-0 victory. Alf’s debut on the hill was nothing less than spectacular as he allowed just 8 hits – all singles – in 11 innings. He struck out 5 batters in the shutout and was aided by some excellent defense from Cork and Woodard as well as a heavy sinker that had batters pounding the ball into the ground all afternoon. Tony was equally impressive giving up just 11 hits in 11 innings and striking out 4. Patrick led the winners on offense going 6-for-15, while Alf was 3-for-15 and Woodard was 3-for-14. Miller, in his head-to-head tussle with Alf was 3-for-14.

Stats for 8/21/04 (Game #1) 

(Paul Alf, Patrick Cork, Evan Woodard) vs. (Jake Hoalt, Jonathan Miller, Tony Cork)

PA/PC/EW 000 000 000 01 - 2 11 1
JH/JM/TC 000 000 000 00 - 0 8 1

Hitting
P.Alf 3-15,2B, R; P.Cork 6-15, 2B, HR, 2RBI, R; E.Woodard 3-14
J.Hoalt 2-14; J.Miller 3-14; T. Cork 3-13

Pitching
P.Alf (W) 11IP, 0ER, 8H, 5K; T.Cork (L) 11IP, 2ER, 11H, 4K

Defense
Assists:  T.Cork 2, P.Cork 1, J.Miller 1, P.Alf 1, E.Woodard 1;  Errors: P. Alf 1, J.Miller 1

Game 2 – In the second game of the day, Alf and Miller swapped teams and Patrick Cork and Jake Hoalt took the mound for the respective squads. After struggling to score runs in the first game, the Cork-Miller combination ignited in the nightcap. Patrick got things started in the 2nd with an RBI single and followed it up with a two-run triple in the 3rd and a 2 run homerun in the 4th to stake himself to a 5-0 lead early. On the mound, he cruised through the first five innings allowing just one hit – a Paul Alf single in the 2nd inning. The game remained 5-0 into the 8th when Miller connected on a blast to deep left field that Alf nearly made a remarkable catch on, but the ball glanced off his glove for a 3-run homerun that pushed the lead to 8-0. Patrick retired the side in order in the 9th to secure the 8-0 win.

After going scoreless for the first 10 innings of the opener, the offense was clicking for the home team in game number two as they scored 8 runs and pounded out 20 hits in the win. Patrick led the way going 10-for-15 with a pair of doubles, 3 triples and a homerun. Miller was impressive as well going 8-for-15 with a double, triple and homer. Patrick went the distance for his second win of the year throwing a 5-hit shutout while striking out a season-high 12 batters. He has now allowed just 3 runs in 33 innings this year. Hoalt was hit early and often as he struggled to get batters out in the opening innings. He was tagged for 8 runs and 20 hits in 8 innings of work – most of the damage being done in the first four innings. Tony Cork was 3-for-10 and Alf was 2-for-10 for the losers.

Patrick finally broke out offensively finishing the doubleheader 16-for-30 with 2 homeruns and 7 RBI. For the 4th time in 8 games this season, the losing team was shutout. However, the real story of the day was Alf and Miller. Miller won the offensive battle, but Alf’s dominating 11-inning shutout in the opener was equally impressive. Miller finished the day 11-for-29 with a homerun and 3 RBI while Alf was 5-for-25. Miller is now hitting .367 (18-for-49) with 4 homeruns and 10 RBI while Alf is batting .327 (18-for-55) with 3 homeruns and 8 RBI. “Considering I played against the two best pitchers in the league and Miller still couldn’t pull away from me in the hitting categories, I think that speaks volumes,” remarked Alf. “And did I mention that I threw an 11-inning shutout?” “Jake may not have had his best stuff today, but you still have to capitalize and make the plays,” replied Miller. “I don’t think there is much doubt that these two guys are both outstanding players,” added Patrick Cork. “They both proved themselves today, and Paul really showed us another level of his play with that pitching performance. There were two things today showed - the first was that we need more head-to-head matchups before this rivalry is decided and the second is that Evan and I are unstoppable.”

Stats for 8/21/04 (Game #2) 

(Tony Cork, Jake Hoalt, Paul Alf) vs. (Jonathan Miller, Patrick Cork, Evan Woodard)

TC/JH/PA 000 000 000 - 0 5 0
JM/PC/EW 012 200 03X - 8 20 1

Hitting
T.Cork 3-10; J.Hoalt 0-10; P.Alf 2-10
J.Miller 8-15, 2B, 3B, HR, 3RBI, 4R; P.Cork 10-15, 2 2B, 3 3B, HR, 5RBI, 2R; E.Woodard 2-14, 2R

Pitching
P.Cork (W) 9 IP, 0ER, 5H, 12K; J.Hoalt (L) 8IP, 8ER, 20H, 7K

Defense
Assists:  P.Cork 2,   Errors: E.Woodard 1

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