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The Farm Report: 8/8/12

Trenton lost to Reading 7-2
The Thunder scored first, as Zoilo Almonte hit his seventeenth homer of the season to start the second.  The Phillies tied the game in the fourth on a RBI single by Brandon Tripp.  In the sixth inning, Reading plated two runs for a 3-1 lead.  Abraham Almonte lined a single to center to start the bottom of the inning, moving to second on a sac bunt by Jose Pirela.  Zoilo reached on a fielding error, that let Abraham score.  Reading put together another solid rally in the eighth, plating three more runs and putting the Thunder in a big hole.  In the end, the Phillies beat Trenton 7-2.

Abraham went 2-4 with a run scored.  Zoilo went 1-4 with a homer.  David Adams, Adonis Garcia and Jose Gil each had a hit for the Thunder. Vidal Nuno went six and gave up three runs on six hits, a walk and eight Ks.  Graham Stoneburner went two innings and, while he had a good first inning of work, his second was tough.  …

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The Farm Report: 8/7/12 – Adam Warren pitches seven hitless innings

Dickerson went 3-5 with a run scored, two stolen bases and two RBIs.  As a team, the Yankees were 1-13 with runners in scoring position, leaving eleven on base.  Adam Warren had an incredible game and held Rochester hitless through seven innings.  He ended the day going eight innings, allowing one run on two hits, two walks and striking out nine.  Cory Wade pitched two hitless innings, walking one and striking out one.  Ryota Igarashi picked up his seven save, pitching a hitless eleventh and striking out two.

Trenton beat Reading 4-3:
The Phillies took an lead as Darin Ruf and Tug Hulett hit back-to-back doubles in the fourth for a 1-0 edge.  Trenton got the run back in the bottom of the inning, as Zoilo Almonte got it started with a single to left.  Luke Murton was hit by a pitch and Adonis Garcia reached on an error by Cody Asche, scoring Almonte.  Reading retook the lead in the fifth on a RBI single by Asche.  …

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The Farm Report: 8/6/12

Trenton and Tampa had the night off.

Charleston is tied 3-3 in the 14th but this was the game up to that point:
The RiverDogs took an early lead as Ali Castillo and Cito Culver hit back-to-back singles.  A ground out by Ben Gamel scored Castillo and Culver scored on a ground out by Robert Refsnyder.  Charleston added another run in the fifth, as Eduardo Sosa lined a single to center.  Culver and Gamel hit back-to-back singles, plating Castillo for a 3-0 lead.  They held the lead until the bottom of the seventh, when Augusta finally got on the board with a two-run homer by Devin Harris.  Jose Flores followed with a triple and scored on a double by Brett Krill, tying the game 3-3.  The game was tied after the ninth and soon the RiverDogs were in another extra inning battle.

At this point, Sosa is 3-5.  Castillo is 2-6 with two runs scored.  Culver is 2-5 with a run scored and a walk.  …

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The Farm Report: 8/5/12

Trenton beat Bowie 5-1:
The game was scoreless through four, but the Thunder finally came through in the fifth.  With two outs, JR Murphy homered to left center.  Walter Ibarra followed with the same and Jose Pirela lined a double to right.  He stole third and scored on a single by David Adams, giving the Thunder a 3-0 lead.  Bowie got one run back in the bottom of the inning.  Ibarra doubled in the ninth and scored on a wild pitch and an error.  Addison Maruszak and Adams hit back-to-back doubles for another run and Trenton took a 5-1 win.

Adams went 3-5 with a double and two RBIs.  Ibarra went 3-4 with two runs scored, a double, a homer and a RBI.  Murphy went 1-4 with a homer.  He struck out three times.  Brett Marshall made the start and gave up one run on four hits, three walks and five Ks.  Ryan Pope pitched a scoreless seventh, giving up one hit and striking out one.…

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The Farm Report: 8/4/12

Trenton lost to Bowie 8-7:
The Thunder had an eight game win streak going into Saturday’s game against the Baysox, but it would not go any longer.  Bowie jumped out to a 5-0 lead after three.  The Thunder finally got on the board in the top of the fourth on back-to-back homers by Zoilo Almonte and Luke Murton.  They put together another rally in the top of the sixth.  Almonte lined a single to right and Murton reached on an error.  A double by Addison Maruszak plated Almonte.  Murton was out at the plate on a fielder’s choice by JR Murphy, but Walter Ibarra followed with a double to right, plating Maruszak.  Jeff Farnham lined a single in left, plating Murphy and Ibarra and giving Trenton a 6-5 lead.  The Baysox tied the game in the bottom of the inning and the Thunder took another lead with a solo homer by Adonis Garcia in the seventh.  Unfortunately, they couldn’t hold onto the lead, as Rhyne Hughes drew a lead off walk in the eighth and Manny Machado hit a homer, which not only gave Bowie the 8-7 win, but completed the cycle for him.…

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The Farm Report: 8/3/12

Trenton beat Bowie 10-6:
The Thunder leapt out to an early lead, taking advantage of two errors by Bowie.  Jose Pirela and Adonis Garcia both reached on fielding errors.  Zoilo Almonte knocked a three-run homer to right and Trenton took the lead.  JR Murphy doubled to start the second and scored on a single by Pirela.  Bowie finally got on the board in the bottom of the second, as Caleb Joseph tripled and scored on a ground out.  Garcia doubled in the third, scoring on a single by Addison Maruszak for a 5-1 lead.  Pirela hit a two-run double in the fourth for a 7-1 lead, but the Baysox started to crawl back into the game in the fifth.  They plated two runs and then added another in the sixth for a 7-4 score.  Trenton added some insurance in the top of the eighth.  Murphy reached on an error and Jose Gil drew a walk. Pirela lined a single to short, loading the bases and Garcia singled them all in, aided by an error on the Bowie shortstop.  …

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Who’s Not: Minor League July Edition

Graham Stoneburner (P, Trenton):
Stoneburner finally made it back to the Thunder after starting the season with a couple injuries.  He has transitioned to the bullpen, but has struggled so far.  In nine innings in July, he had an 11.00 ERA with opposing hitters knocking him for a .476 average.  He walked three and struck out six.  It was mostly due to two particularly tough outings, giving up six earned runs in one inning and three in 0.1 inning.

Nathan Mikolas (OF, GCL Yankees):
Mikolas has struggled to transition to professional ball, though it is obviously still early for the young outfielder.  He hit .171/.306/.244 in July, struggling to get hits but at least showing a knack for getting on base.  He drew seven walks and struck out eighteen times.  He also hit his first professional home run, which is still his only extra base hit.

Matt Duran (3B, Staten Island):
The New York native had a strong debut in the GCL in 2011, but has struggled closer to home this year.  …

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Who’s Hot: Minor League July Edition

Mark Montgomery (P, Tampa/Trenton):
Montgomery got his call up to Double-A in the middle of June and didn’t seem to bat an eye.  He threw 11.1 innings in July and never gave up a run.  He allowed three hits, four walks and struck out seventeen.  This 11th round draft pick the Yankees signed in 2011 just seems to get better and better as he moves through the system.  He has thrown eight innings for Trenton, so it is a very small sample size, but he has yet to issue a walk, has struck out thirteen batters and allowed just one hit.

Matt Snyder (1B, Staten Island):
Snyder started the short season hitting an abysmal .029/.209/.029 in June, but it may be safe to chalk that up to nerves or adjusting to professional ball, because he has pounded the New York-Penn League pitching in July.  He hit .414/.485/.609 last month, quickly becoming a bright spot for the struggling Staten Island Yankees.  He had two homers, a triple and nine doubles, racking up 23 RBIs.  …

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