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: 7/8/13

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Rochester 6-3:
Chris Herrmann hit a solo homer in the first, giving Rochester the quick lead. They added another run in the third, when former Yankee farmhand, Doug Bernier, scored on a single by Deibinson Romero. Scranton broke through in the bottom of the inning. Derek Jeter lead off with a walk. JR Murphy followed with a single and Randy Ruiz singled in Jeter, as Scranton trailed 2-1. Rochester struck again in the top of the fourth, but Scranton rallied in the bottom of the fifth. Murphy doubled to left and Brent Lillibridge singled, putting runners on the corners. Murphy scored on a ground out by Ruiz. Dan Johnson scored Lillibridge with a single to center and Thomas Neal doubled. A single by Josh Bell scored two more runs and the RailRiders took a 5-3 lead. A solo shot by Bell in the seventh gave Scranton some added security as they went on to win 6-3.

Jeter went 0-2 with a run scored and a walk.…

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The Farm Report: 7/7/13 – Jeter picks up hit in Scranton win

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Lehigh Valley 6-2:
The IronPigs drew first blood, as Cody Overbeck doubled in Cody Asche in the top of the first. Derek Jeter took a lead off walk to start the RailRiders’ half of the inning, but Brent Lillibridge struck out and Thomas Neal hit into a double play. They took the lead in the bottom of the second, however, as Addison Maruszak and Corey Patterson hit back-to-back homers. They got some breathing room in the bottom of the third. Walter Ibarra drew a walk and Jeter followed with a single to left. A homer by Randy Ruiz scored all three of them, giving Scranton a 5-1 advantage. Ibarra would single with two outs in the seventh. Jeter drew another walk and Lillibridge plated Ibarra with a single to center for the 6-1 lead. Lehigh Valley had a lot of room to make up in the ninth, and they started a bit of a rally right away. Leandro Castro started the inning with a single and Michael Martinez drew a walk.…

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The Farm Report: 7/3/13

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Pawtucket 11-5:

  • Scranton took a 2-1 lead in the top of the third on a two-run double by Fernando Martinez. The Red Sox tied the game in the bottom of the inning, but a homer by Dan Johnson and doubles by Brent Lillibridge and Addison Maruszak gave the RailRiders a 4-2 advantage.
  • Will Middlebrooks hit a three-run homer in the fourth, capping off a four run inning for Pawtucket. JR Murphy hit a solo homer in the top of hte fifth, but Middlebrooks hit a grand slam in the bottom of the inning, giving Pawtucket a 10-5 lead. They added another run in the seventh, taking the game 11-5.
  • Martinez went 3-5 with two doubles and two RBIs. Lillibridge went 2-4 with a double and a run scored. Maruszak went 2-4 with a pair of doubles, a RBI and a run scored.
  • Caleb Cotham gave up nine runs (six earned) on ten hits, four walks and a strike out over 4.2 innings.
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The Farm Report: 7/1/13

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Pawtucket 1-0:
The RailRiders had a chance early, as Corey Patterson singled to start the game and moved to second on a wild pitch. Unfortunately, he was caught stealing third before Fernando Martinez drove a double to left. The game stayed scoreless after three, but the Red Sox broke through in the fourth. With two outs, Xander Bogaerts drew a walk and moved to third on an error on David Huff’s attempt at a pickoff. A single by Ronald Bermudez was all Pawtucket needed as they scored the lone run of the day and held on to beat Scranton 1-0.

Patterson went 2-4 and was the only RailRider with more than one hit. Martinez went 1-4 and had a double, the only Scranton extra base hit. The other RailRider hits came from Randy Ruiz, Dan Johnson, Adonis Garcia and Josh Bell. David Huff threw five innings and gave up one run (unearned but the error was his) on four hits and two walks.…

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The Farm Report: 6/30/13 – Pineda has rough start in Trenton

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Pawtucket 9-6:
The RailRiders started the day off right with a lead-off solo homer by Corey Patterson, setting the tone for a day full of home runs. A two-run homer by Will Middlebrooks put the Red Sox in front 2-1 after the first inning. Patterson started the third with a double and Randy Ruiz homered for the 3-2 advantage, however, Pawtucket got the two runs – and the lead – back in the bottom of the inning. Josh Bell hit a solo homer to start the fourth, and Addison Maruszak followed with the same, giving the RailRiders a 5-4 advantage. A double by Bobby Wilson led to him scoring on a throwing error later on in the inning for another Scranton run. The Red Sox tied the game up in the seventh, but Scranton wasted little time in retaking the lead. Bell drew a walk to start the eighth and Maruszak singled to right. A double by Wilson scored Bell and Maruszak and Wilson scored on a double by Ibarra for the 9-6 victory.…

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The Farm Report: 6/27/13 – Nunez comes up empty in rehab appearance

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Trenton both had their games suspended/postponed due to rain.

Tampa lost to Daytona 6-1 in Game 1:
The Cubs drew first blood with a run in the top of the first, but really pulled away with a big third inning. John Andreoli started with a double and stole third. Zeke DeVoss drew a walk and Javier Baez doubled in Andreoli. A sac fly plated another run and a bases loaded triple by Wes Darvill cleared the bases, giving Daytona a 6-0 lead. Yeral Sanchez singled to start the bottom of the fifth. Robert Refsnyder grounded a single to center and Sanchez moved to third on a ground out by Saxon Butler. A grounder to second allowed Sanchez to score, but that would be the only run Tampa could manage as they fell 6-1.

Ben Gamel, Sanchez, Refsnyder, Butler and Dan Fiorito all went 1-3, while the rest of the Yankees’ hitters came up empty. Fiorito had the only RBI and no one had an extra base hit.…

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The Farm Report: 6/26/13

Apologies for being a little late with yesterday’s Farm Report – it has been a very busy week.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Syracuse 5-3 in Game 1:
The RailRiders drew first blood, as Fernando Martinez hit a double with two outs in the first. A single by Brent Lillibridge scored him giving them a 1-0 lead. Syracuse tied the game quickly, as Will Rhymes tripled and scored on a double by Chris Rahl. Scranton took the lead again in the second. Randy Ruiz singled to center and Addison Maruszak followed in kind, moving to second on an error. A single by Corey Patterson scored both runners and Scranton took a 3-1 lead. Back-to-back singles by Brian Bocock and Brian Jeroloman tied the game for the Chiefs in the bottom of the inning. Rhymes started the fifth inning with a triple to center, but was then ejected by the ump at third. A sac fly to center scored the pinch runner and gave the Chiefs the lead.…

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The Farm Report: 6/24/13

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre had the night off.

Trenton lost to Erie 11-4:
Eugenio Suarez scored on a double by Hernan Perez in the top of the first, giving Erie an early lead. Trenton put together a rally in the bottom of the fourth as Tyler Austin, Kyle Roller and Carmen Angelini hit consecutive singles, tying the game. A single by Andrew Clark plated Roller and Jose Pirela doubled in Angelini and Clark for a 4-1 advantage. Unfortunately, the lead did not last long, as Erie plated five runs in the top of the fifth, taking a 6-4 lead. They added five more run over the last three innings of the game, while Trenton struggled to put together another rally, falling 11-4.

Austin went 3-4 with a run scored. Roller went 2-3 with a run scored. Angelini, Clark, and Pirela all went 1-4, with the latter picking up a double and two RBIs. Shane Green allowed six runs (four earned) on five hits, two walks and four Ks over five innings.…

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The Farm Report: 6/23/13

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Norfolk 4-3:
The RailRiders got the scoring started int he second, as newly acquired Brent Lillibridge drove a double to left. Cody Grice tripled him in and scored on a single by Addison Maruszak for the 2-0 lead. It was short-lived, however, as the Tides knotted up the game with a two-run homer by Jason Pridie. Norfolk took the lead in the top of the sixth. Russ Canzler and Zelous Wheeler hit back-to-back singles and Canzler scored on a single by Brandon Wood. Scranton rallied in the seventh, as Walter Ibarra drew a walk and Corey Patterson flew a double to center. A single by JR Murphy scored both runners and the RailRiders held on for the 4-3 victory.

Ibarra went 2-3 with a run scored and a walk. Murphy went 2-4 with a double and two RBIs. Lillibridge and Patterson both went 1-3, while Grice and Maruszak went 1-4. Brett Marshall threw six innings and gave up three runs on seven hits, a walk and an impressive eight strikeouts.…

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