Tamar has written for IIATMS since July 2009, having started off writing game recaps before shifting to the minor leagues. Born in Connecticut and having lived all over the country and in South Korea, Tamar now finds herself "temporarily misplaced" in New Hampshire. Please send help - I can pay you in maple syrup.

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The Farm Report: Memorial Day Edition

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre blanked Norfolk 8-0:
The RailRiders used a big second inning to storm out ahead of the Tides. Ronnier Mustelier got it started by lining a single to left. Dan Johnson followed with a ground-rule double and Josh Bell singled in Mustelier for the first run of the game. With two outs, Bobby Wilson drew a walk to load the bases. Corban Joseph was hit by a pitch, pushing another run across the plate. Thomas Neal lined a single to left, plating Bell and Zoilo Almonte singled in Wilson and Joseph, putting Scranton ahead 5-0. Johnson and Bell drew walks to start the third, with the former scoring on a single by Addison Maruszak. The RailRiders added a run in the seventh and the ninth, with Mustelier playing a role in both as he was swinging a particularly hot bat en route to the Scranton 8-0 victory.

Mustelier ended the day 3-5 with two runs scored and a RBI. Almonte went 3-4 with a pair of RBIs and a walk.…

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The Farm Report: 5/26/13

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Durham 7-3:
With two outs in the bottom of the first Zoilo Almonte and Ronnier Mustelier hit back-to-back singles, putting runners on the corners. A single by Dan Johnson brought Almonte home for the 1-0 lead. That score held through three innings and the RailRiders put together a nice rally in the fourth. Josh Bell drew a lead off walk and Addison Maruszak grounded a single to right. Bobby Wilson drew a walk, loading the bases and Corban Joseph reached on an error by the Durham pitcher. Bell, Maruszak and Wilson all scored as Chris Archer also made a throwing error, landing Joseph on third. The Bulls got two runs back in the top of the fifth. Craig Albernaz singled and stole second. A single by Rich Thompson scored Durham’s first run of the day. He then stole second and scored on a single by Vince Belnome, making the score 4-2. Mustelier started the seventh with a single and scored on a sac fly by Maruszak.…

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The Farm Report: 5/25/13

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Durham 9-4:
The Bulls broke through in the top of the third, as Juan Apodaca singled to short and scored on a double by Brandon Guyer. A double by Wil Myers plated another run and Durham had a 2-0 lead. Shelley Duncan started the fourth with a walk. Mike Fontenot lined a single to center and Duncan scored on a Tim Beckham single. Apodaca was hit by a pitch and Jason Bourgeois drew a walk, bringing another run home. The Bulls scored two more runs on a pair of ground outs, taking a 6-0 lead. The RailRiders finally scored in the bottom of the fifth. Melky Mesa started with a single and Bobby Wilson reached on an error. A single by Corban Joseph plated Mesa. Brennan Boesch grounded into a force out, bringing home another run, but the RailRiders still trailed 6-2. Durham added three more runs, giving Scranton a tough hill to climb as they entered the ninth inning.…

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The Farm Report: 5/23/13

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Durham 8-5:
The Bulls jumped out to an early lead in the first. Rich Thompson grounded an infield single and stole second. Brandon Guyer was hit by a pitch and Vince Beinome tripled them both in. A two-run homer by Shelley Duncan put the Bulls in front 4-0. Durham doubled their score in the top of the fourth. Rich Thompson grounded out, but allowed Cole Figueroa to score and Wil Myers hit a three-run shot for an 8-0 advantage. Scranton finally got on the board in the bottom of the fourth. Brennan Boesch singled to center, scoring on a double by Josh Bell. Thomas Neal lined a RBI double to right for the RailRiders’ second run of the day. Mustelier started the sixth with a double, moving to third on a wild pitch. Bell hit a sac fly to center, bringing Mustelier home. Down 8-3 in the ninth, Scranton had a lot of room to make up. Melky Mesa jump started the offense with a triple to center.…

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The Farm Report: 5/22/13

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre had a day off.

Trenton lost to Richmond 5-4:
The Thunder drew first blood, when Kyle Roller started the second with a single to center and Neil Medchill doubled him in. The lead was short-lived, however, as Richmond took advantage of some sloppy pitching in the bottom of the inning. Ryan Lollis led off with a walk and Andrew Susac drew a free pass as well. A wild pitch moved the runners over and another loaded the bases with two outs. Brett Krill laced a double to right, scoring Lollis and Susac for the 2-1 advantage. A two-run triple by Adam Duvall in the fourth doubled the Flying Spiders’ score. Back-to-back doubles by Susac and Krill gave Richmond one more run, putting the Thunder down 5-1. With time running out, Trenton rallied in the top of the eighth. A single by Walter Ibarra gave the Thunder their first runner of the inning. A single by JR Murphy put two runners on and Roller drove a homer over the wall in left, bringing the Thunder within one run of the Flying Spiders.…

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The Farm Report: 5/20/13

My apologies for the lack of posts this past week and a half, but I came down with some horrendous cold/fever/upper respiratory thing that has been going around up here. It was beyond miserable, but I appear to be on the mend finally – a day I was starting to think might never come. Anyway, it was an exciting day on the farm, as the Yankees’ affiliates split the day. Much like the big club, Scranton saw some extra baseball, though they came up short. Trenton put together a nice comeback win over Richmond, while Tampa won the rare low-scoring game.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Columbus 6-5 (10 innings):
The RailRiders scored first, putting together a big third inning. Brennan Boesch drew a walk with two outs. Zoilo Almonte singled and Dan Johnson drew a walk, loading the bases. A single by Josh Bell plated Boesch and Thomas Neal lined a double to left, clearing the bases and giving Scranton a 4-0 lead.…

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The Farm Report: 5/10/13 Yankees’ affiliates sweep the day

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Gwinnett 5-3:
The Braves took an early lead as Tyler Pastornicky started the game with a single to right and stole second. Alden Carrithers bunted for a single, putting runners on the corners for Joey Terdoslavich, who connected with a three run homer. The RailRiders had a chance to chip away at Gwinnett’s lead in the bottom of the inning. Corban Joseph singled, but Curtis Granderson hit into a double play. Zoilo Almonte, Ronnier Mustelier adn Dan Johnson all singled, but Almonte was thrown out at home, leaving Scranton trailing 3-0 . The RailRiders got a couple runners in the second and third innings, but didn’t get on the board until the fourth. Melky Mesa grounded a single to left and scored on a double by Addison Maruszak. Jeff Farnham drew a walk. Joseph laid down a bunt, that the Gwinnett catcher fielded and threw to third for the out. Granderson struck out, but a wild pitch moved the runners over.…

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The Farm Report: 5/9/13

First, a few Minor League notes/links to check out. Mikey O’Brien has been promoted to Trenton, while Shaeffer Hall has been released and Josh Romanski was placed on the DL. Pitchers Taylor Garrison and Charlie Short are headed up to Tampa. Josh Norris posted some random scouts notes from Trenton, Tampa and Charleston, which I would recommend checking out. Meanwhile, all four teams were in action today and they all came up short, though Scranton held on for eleven innings before taking their defeat.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Indianpolis (11 innings):
The RailRiders drew first blood, after three scoreless innings against Gerrit Cole. Ronnier Mustelier lined a single to center and stole second. He moved to third on a ground out and scored when David Adams singled to left. A solo homer by Brett Carroll knotted up the score in the fifth. Curtis Granderson started the sixth with a single, but Scranton couldn’t capitalize. They had a chance again in the bottom of the tenth.…

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Who’s Not: April Prospects


sladeYesterday I looked at the prospects who have started 2013 with a bang. Today let’s take a look at those who have started with more of a whimper. Unfortunately, there are a few names here that I would much rather see on the other list. Starting with…

Slade Heathcott (OF, Trenton):
Trenton should boast an impressive outfield this year, and a big part of that was because of the Yankees 2010 First Round pick. Instead, Heathcott had a pretty miserable April. He hit .191/.282/.294, with just one homer. He has stolen two bases in four attempts and taken just nine walks, striking out twenty times. His numbers are starting to move up, he hit .286/.316/.400 over his last ten games.

Dante Bichette, Jr. (3B, Charleston):
Bichette is fairing about as well as Heathcott, putting together a line of .194/.257/.290 during April. Despite this, he did have moments where he came through for the RiverDogs. He hit a pair of homers and had 19 RBIs.…

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