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: 8/31/12

Trenton lost to Binghamton 8-5:
The Mets scored quickly, as Dustin Martin hit a two-run homer and Eric Campbell hit a sac fly giving them a 3-0 lead after one. They added four more runs in the second on back-to-back homers by Wilmer Flores and Allan Dykstra. Binghamton added one more run in the bottom of the sixth, but the Thunder started to chip away at the lead in the seventh. Luke Murton singled and Kevin Mahoney hit into a ground-rule double. A single by Rob Segedin plated Murton and Shane Brown drove in Mahoney with a single to left. Walter Ibarra doubled in Segedin and Adonis Garcia hit a sac fly that plated Brown, as Trenton trailed 8-4. Murton hit a solo homer in the eighth, but that was all the Thunder could manage, taking an 8-5 loss.

Murton went 2-4 with two runs scored, a homer and a RBI. Segedin went 2-3 with a run scored, a RBI and a walk.…

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Exciting group of prospects headed to the Arizona Fall League

David Adams (2B/3B) will also take some hacks in Scottsdale this fall, in an attempt to catch him up after what amounts to two lost seasons. Adams played only 39 games in 2010 and 29 in 2011, as he recovered from an ankle injury that famously resulted in the disintegration of the Jesus Montero-Cliff Lee trade with Seattle. It has been a long road back for the highly touted infielder, but he seems well on his way back after a strong showing in Trenton this year. He is hitting .309/.390/.456 with eight homers over 84 games. The AzFL  has often been used to give players changing positions extra time in their new spot, and that might also be the case with Adams. After playing second base for virtually his entire professional career (he played third for fourteen games in Charleston in 2009), Adams has been at third since July.

Slade Heathcott (OF) will also head to Arizona this fall, after a pair of shoulder surgeries slowed him down.…

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The Farm Report: 8/30/12

Almonte went 2-4 with a run scored. Kevin Mahoney went 2-4 with two doubles. Maruszak went 1-4 with a run scored, a homer and two RBIs. Shaeffer Hall went five and gave up five runs (four earned) on seven hits, three walks and three Ks. Graham Stoneburner threw a perfect inning. Lee Hyde pitched two hitless innings, striking out two.

Tampa came back and beat Lakeland 5-4:
After three scoreless innings, Lakeland broke through in the bottom of the fourth. With two outs, James Robbins singled to center and Hernan Perez doubled him in. In the bottom of the eighth, Wade Gaynor and Dean Green hit back-to-back singles and Robbins tripled them in for the 3-0 lead. The Yankees needed to rally in the ninth and they did in a big way. Kelvin De Leon singled and Jose Toussen and Ramon Flores drew walks, loading the bases. Slade Heathcott singled in De Leon, for Tampa’s first run of the day. Tyler Austin then launched a grand slam to left, giving the Yankees a 5-3 lead.…

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The Farm Report: 8/29/12

Trenton lost to New Britain 3-1:
The game was scoreless through three, but New Britain broke through in the top of the fourth. Chris Colabello started the inning with a single and Rene Tosoni doubled. Deibinson Romero doubled in Colabello and a ground out plated Tosoni for the 2-0 lead. Aaron Hicks tripled to start the seventh, scoring on a wild pitch for a 3-0 edge. The Thunder finally plated a run in the bottom of the seventh. Rob Segedin singled to right and Shane Brown and Walter Ibarra both drew walks, loading the bases. Adonis Garcia lined a single to left, plating Segedin, but JR Murphy hit into a force out at the plate and David Adams and Zoilo Almonte went down swinging as the Thunder fell 3-1.

Almonte went 2-4. Garcia and Segedin both went 1-4 and Ibarra went 1-3 with a double and a walk. Mikey O’Brien gave up two runs on nine hits and three Ks in six innings.…

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The Farm Report: 8/28/12

Tampa lost to Dunedin 5-1 in Game 1:
The Blue Jays got their first run of the day on a RBI single by Marcus Knecht in the bottom of the second. Back-to-back doubles started the Dunedin rally in the third, aided by a throwing error on a pickoff attempt by Shane Greene and a wild pitch that allowed a run to score. Jon Talley drew a walk and a couple singles plated one more run, giving the Blue Jays a 4-0 lead. Dunedin got a little more insurance with a run in the bottom of the sixth, as the Yankees had to rally in the seventh. Tyler Austin got things started with a double to right. Kyle Roller singled, putting runners on the corners. Gary Sanchez hit into a double play, pushing Austin across the plate for the first Yankee run of the day. Unfortunately, Zach Wilson grounded out and the Yankees took the 5-1 loss. Austin went 2-3 with a run scored and two doubles.…

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The Farm Report: 8/27/12

The game was still tied after nine, giving the crowd some extra baseball. Both teams had opportunities to score, but neither capitalized as the game stretched on. Darnell McDonald started the thirteenth with a single to center. He moved to second on a sac bunt by Ramiro Pena. Russo doubled in McDonald and the Yankees took their first lead of the game. Chase Whitley came out to close the game and set down the IronPigs in order for the 5-4 win.

Fukudome went 2-4 with a run scored, a double, a RBI and three walks. Romine went 3-7 with a run scored, a homer and a RBI. Mustelier went 2-5 with a run scored, a RBI and two walks. Garner went 2-6 with a RBI. Nunez was the only Yankee to fail to pick up a hit, going 0-7. He did have a stolen base. Adam Warren went 6.2 innings and gave up four runs on eight hits, a walk and six Ks.…

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The Farm Report: 8/26/12

Trenton beat Akron 3-2:
Jesus Aguilar got Akron on the board in the third with a RBI double to left, plating Jordan Henry. A homer by Adam Abraham in the sixth gave the Aeros a 2-0 lead. Trenton finally responded in the top of the seventh, as Rob Segedin and Adonis Garcia both hit solo homers, tying the game 2-2. Jose Gil drew a walk to start the ninth and moved to third on a sac bunt that was followed by a throwing error. Garcia singled in Gil, giving Trenton the 3-2 lead, which they held onto for the win.

Garcia went 3-5 with a run scored, a double, a homer and two RBIs. Kevin Mahoney went 2-4 with a double. Segedin went 1-3 with a homer and a walk. Murphy had the Yankees one other hit, going 1-4 with a walk. Brett Marshall gave up two runs on five hits and a walk over six innings. He struck out nine.…

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