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: 6/13/13

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Lehigh Valley 4-2:
After three scoreless innings, the RailRiders broke through in the top of the fourth. Ronnier Mustelier drew a lead off walk and Dan Johnson followed with a double to right. A sac fly scored Mustelier and the recently promoted JR Murphy drew a walk. A single by Addison maruszak loaded the bases and Johnson scored when Alberto Gonzalez drew a walk, giving Scranton a 2-0 lead. Lehigh Valley got one run back in the bottom of the inning on a grounder by Steve Susdorf. A solo homer by Cody Overbeck in the bottom of the sixth tied the game, and the IronPigs took the lead in the seventh. Darin Ruf hit a solo shot to right and they added some insurance when Cameron Rupp singled in Leandro Castro for the 4-2 win.

Murphy went 0-2 in his first Triple-A start, picking up a pair of walks. Johnson went 3-5 with a run scored and two doubles.…

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The Farm Report: 6/12/13 – Culver hits back-to-back homers

In case you missed it earlier, the Yankees have made some progress with their draft picks from last week. They’ve signed their top pick Eric Jagielo along with some other later picks. It sounds like Aaron Judge and Ian Clarkin may not be too far behind. As far as the action on the field, it was a quiet day for the Yankees’ affiliates. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre was off today and Tampa was postponed due to rain. Charleston overcame a shaky start by Rafael De Paula to beat Greenville, while Trenton came up short against Binghamton.

Trenton lost to Binghamton 6-1:
The Mets wasted little time in taking the lead. Josh Rodriguez drew a one out walk in the first and moved to third when Travis Taijeron hit a ground-rule double to left. A single by Allan Dykstra scored both runners, as Jose Pirela threw the ball away, giving Binghamton a 2-0 lead. Ramon Flores started the bottom of the inning with a double to short.…

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The Farm Report: 6/9/13 – Pineda makes his first rehab appearance

The Yankees’ affiliates ended the weekend with a lot of baseball. Michael Pineda made his much anticipated rehab start for Tampa, who was swept by the Flying Tigers in today’s doubleheader. Interestingly (or not), they were not the only Yankee affiliate to face off against a “Flying” foe, as the Thunder beat the Flying Squirrels in walk-off fashion. Scranton came up short against Buffalo, while Charleston beat Asheville.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Buffalo 4-1:
Chris Bootcheck found himself in trouble quickly. After striking out Anthony Gose to start the game, he gave up back-to-back doubles to Ryan Goins and Luis Jimenez before Mauro Gomez drew a homer over the fence in left. Jim Negrych doubled, scoring on a single by Ryan Langerhans and giving the Bisons a 4-0 lead. The RailRiders got a runner on in the bottom of the inning when Zoilo Almonte singled with one out, but Ronnier Mustelier and Dan Johnson went down to end the inning. Their next baserunner came when Thomas Neal hit a two-out single to right in the sixth, but Almonte struck out to end the threat.…

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The Farm Report: 6/6/13

Scranton and Charleston were rained out.

Trenton lost to Binghamton 5-4:
The Thunder drew first blood as Ramon Flores drew a lead off walk and moved to second on an error. A sac bunt moved him to third and he scored on a single by Tyson Blaser. Reegie Corona drew a walk and scored on a double by Ali Castillo. Ramon Flores plated Castillo with a double to right and the Thunder held a 3-0 lead. Binghamton answered with two runs in the bottom of the second, but Trenton held onto the lead through the fifth. Cesar Puello homered to start the bottom of the sixth, tying the game. A double by Alonzo Harris scored Joe Bonfe and Binghamton had their first lead. Slade Heathcott drew a walk and Kyle Roller followed with a single. A walk by Blaser loaded the bases and Jose Pirela hit a sac fly to left, scoring Heathcott and tying the game. Unfortunately, Puello started the bottom of the inning with another lead off homer, giving Binghamton the 5-4 win.…

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The Farm Report: 6/5/13

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Syracuse 8-0:
The RailRiders broke through in the bottom of the second inning. Brennan Boesch flew a double to center and Addison Maruszak knocked him in with a double of his own. A sac bunt by Bobby Wilson and a throwing error by the Syracuse pitcher, Paul Demny, allowed Maruszak to score and Wilson to reach second. Walter Ibarra, making his first at bat in Triple-A, rocked a homer to right, plating two more runs and giving the RailRiders a 4-0 lead. Ibarra singled in the fourth and Zoilo Almonte lined a single to right with two outs. A single by Ronnier Mustelier loaded the bases and a wild pitch plated Ibarra. Dan Johnson lined a two-run single to center and Scranton held a 7-0 lead. The RailRiders added another run in the seventh, when Melky Mesa reached on an error and scored on a Josh Bell double, giving them an 8-0 win.

Ibarra was the only hitter with more than one hit, going 2-4 with a pair of runs scored, a pair of RBIs and a homer.…

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Minor League Review: May


We are now two months through the baseball season and over the next couple weeks we will see the MLB First-Year Player Draft and the start of the season for the short-season clubs. Of course, before we get looking too far ahead we better take a look back at the month that was May. Overall, it was a tough one for the Yankees’ affiliates, as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders and Tampa Yankees both had losing records for the month and have some space to make up in their divisions. The Trenton Thunder’s May was a little better, thanks to a seven-game win streak to end the month. Meanwhile the Charleston RiverDogs put together a surprisingly strong May and find themselves atop their Division in the Sally League.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders:
Scranton went 11-18 over May, as they adjusted to losing players like Austin Romine and Vidal Nuno to the big league club for at least the month. They are currently 9.5 games behind Pawtucket in the International League North Division, in large part due to their lackluster offense.…

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The Farm Report: 6/3/2013

Pretty quiet day on the farm as Trenton and Charleston both had scheduled days off. Scranton got pummeled by Durham.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Durham 15-2:
The RailRiders fell behind early when Rich Thompson scored on a sac fly by Vince Belnome in the first. Wil Myers doubled in Jason Bourgeois and the Bulls held a 2-0 lead. Ronnier Mustelier hit a solo shot to center field, putting Scranton on the board in the second, but Durham immediately added to their lead. A three run triple by Thompson in the bottom of the inning gave the Bulls a nice advantage. Thompson then scored on a wild pitch by Chase Whitley for a 6-1 Durham lead. The third inning was scoreless, but Durham added runs in the fourth through the seventh, taking a massive 15-1 lead. A solo homer by Melky Mesa gave the RailRiders another run, but it was far from enough as they fell 15-2.

Mesa went 1-4 with a homer.…

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The Farm Report: 5/30/13 – wins for everyone!

Need to go with the bullet point version today – it was a busy night yesterday and I expect a hectic day at the office today, so here goes…

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Norfolk 5-1:

  • Norfolk took an early lead with a run in the bottom of the third. Dan Johnson tied the game with a solo homer in the fourth for the RailRiders.
  • Addison Maruszak doubled to start the fifth and scored on a sac fly by Alberto Gonzalez.
  • The Yankees got some insurance runs in the top of the eighth, when Ronnier Mustelier hit a three run homer for the 5-1 win.
  • No one in the RailRiders’ lineup had more than one hit. Mustelier and Johnson both went 1-4 with homers. Maruszak went 1-3 with a double and a walk. Melky Mesa went 1-5 with a run scored, three stolen bases and three Ks.
  • Caleb Cotham made the start, giving up one unearned run on six hits. He did not walk anyone and he struck out five.
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The Farm Report: 5/29/13 – Teix and Youk play in Trenton

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Norfolk 5-2:
The Tides broke through first, as Jason Pridie started the bottom of the first with a double and scored on a single by Buck Britton. They added to their lead in the second, as Zelous Wheeler drew a walk and scored on a Trayvon Robinson double to center. A double by Pridio plated Robinson and Norfolk held a 3-0 lead. Norfolk struck again in the top of the sixth, when Wheeler singled and scored on a passed ball by Bobby Wilson. The RailRiders finally scored in the top of the eighth. With two outs, Corban Joseph drove a single to right. Thomas Neal and Zoilo Almonte drew walks, loading the bases, and Ronnier Mustelier singled in Joseph and Neal. Norfolk got one run back in the bottom of the inning and Scranton couldn’t put together another rally, falling 5-2.

Joseph went 2-4 with a run scored. Neal went 0-2 with a pair of walks and a run.…

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