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.

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The Farm Report: 8/18/12

Trenton lost to Bowie 3-2:
The Baysox struck first with a run in the third on a RBI single by Ty Kelly. Robbie Widlansky lined a single to right in the fourth, as Buck Britton followed with a double. A ground out plated Widlansky, giving Bowie a 2-0 lead.  Meanwhile, Trenton struggled to get a hit against Jacob Pettit.  The Thunder finally broke through in the eighth, as Addison Maruszak homered to center. Bowie got the run back with a homer by Ronnie Welty in the ninth. Adonis Garcia and David Adams both drew walks, and Garcia scored on a single by Luke Murton, however, it was not enough as they lost 3-2.

Trenton only had two hits, with Luke Murton going 1-3 with a RBI and Maruszak going 1-3 with a homer. Vidal Nuno went six and gave up two runs on seven hits, a walk and four Ks. Graham Stoneburner pitched two strong innings, walking one, giving up a hit and picking up a K.…

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The Farm Report: 8/17/12

Trenton lost to Bowie 12-6:
The Baysox took a quick lead, as Ty Kelly hit a RBI double to center. David Adams hit a double to right in the bottom of the first and Luke Murton knocked a two-run homer, giving the Thunder a 2-1 lead. Bowie tied the game with a run in the third, but Trenton had an answer. Adonis Garcia started the bottom of the inning with a double and scored on a single from Zoilo Almonte for the 3-2 lead. Unfortunately, the Baysox broke out in the fifth. A grand slam by Buck Britton before there was a single out started a six-run inning, as Bowie took the 8-3 advantage. Murton was hit by a pitch in the sixth and moved to second and third on ground outs. A single by Rob Segedin scored him, but the Baysox put the game out of reach with a three-run seventh. Murton hit a two-run homer in the eight, but it was far from enough as the Baysox took a 12-6 win over Trenton.…

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The Farm Report: 8/16/12

Laird went 2-3 with a run scored and a double. Mesa went 2-3 with a run scored, a walk, a homer and three RBIs. Romine went 1-3 with a run scored and a RBI. Justin Thomas pitched five innings and gave up four runs on seven hits and two walks.  He struck out six. Chase Whitley and Ryota Igarashi each pitched two innings of one hit ball.  Whitley struck out one, while Igarashi walked one and struck out two.

Trenton outslugged Reading 14-12:
Adonis Garcia drew a walk and Zoilo Almonte followed with a homer to right. Kevin Mahoney singled to right and stole second. JR Murphy followed with a single to left, plating Mahoney.  A double by Rob Segedin brought home Murphy and the Thunder held a 4-0 lead. Reading got one run in the bottom of the second, but Trenton struck back, as Mahoney followed a single by Addison Maruszak with a homer. Reading scored another run in the fourth and the score was 6-2 in favor of Trenton.…

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The Farm Report: 8/13/12

Trenton lost to Reading 8-4:
The Thunder’s losing streak grew to six games, as Reading scored early and often. The Phillies got on the board with a sac fly from Miguel Abreu in the second. Jake Fox hit a two-run homer in the third, giving Reading a 3-0 lead and they added another run in the fourth. Trenton finally scored in the top of the fifth. Adonis Garcia singled and Jose Gil lined a double to left. A sac fly from Abraham Almonte brought Garcia home. David Adams doubled in Gil and Trenton had cut the Phillies’ lead in half. Reading got one run back in the bottom of the inning and Trenton tried to rally again in the sixth. Addison Maruszak singled and scored on a double by Garcia. Garcia moved to third on an error and scored on a wild pitch, making the score 5-4. Unfortunately, the Phillies plated three more runs and took an 8-4 win.

Garcia went 2-3 with two runs scored, a double, a RBI and a walk.…

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The Farm Report: 8/12/12

Empire State beat Syracuse 1-0 in Game 2:
Corban Joseph homered in the top of the third, which proved to be all the Yankees needed as they held on for the 1-0 victory.  Both teams scattered five hits over seven innings, with Chris Dickerson, Joseph, Mustelier, Kevin Russo and Ramiro Pena picking up hits for Empire State. Joseph’s was the only extra base hit. Pena and Joseph each drew a walk. Chase Whitley threw four scoreless innings, allowing two hits, a walk and striking out four. Manny Delcarmen pitch two innings, giving up two hits and striking out three.

Trenton lost to Altoona 8-3:
The Curve wasted little time getting the lead, scoring two runs in the first.  Charles Cutler singled in Jarek Cunningham in the second for the 3-0 lead. David Adams singled to start the fourth, scoring on a double by Zoilo Almonte and putting the Thunder on the board. Altoona rallied in the fifth, plating five runs and taking a commanding 8-1 lead.…

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The Farm Report: 8/10/12


Trenton lost to Altoona 6-1:
The game was scoreless through three, but Altoona struck in the fourth. Oscar Tejeda and Jarek Cunningham both hit two-run homers, giving the Curve a 4-0 lead. They added runs in the sixth and seventh, with a 6-0 edge and the Thunder finally tried to rally in the ninth.  Rob Segedin drew a walk and scored on a double by Walter Ibarra.  Unfortunately, that was all the Thunder had in them, as they fell 6-1.

Segedin went 2-3 with a run scored and a walk.  Ibarra went 2-4 with a double and a RBI.  David Adams and Adonis Garcia each had one hit.  Shaeffer Hall had a rough outing, going 5.1 innings and giving up five runs (four earned) on ten hits, no walks and five Ks.  Josh Romanski went 1.2 and kept the Curve hitless, striking out two.

Tampa lost to Brevard County 8-6:
The Manatees jumped out to a quick lead, scoring three in an error and walk filled first and two in the second.  …

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The Farm Report: 8/9/12

Tampa stomped Clearwater 12-0:
The Yankees put together a small rally in the fourth as Tyler Austin hit a two-run homer and Zach Wilson tripled in Gary Sanchez for a 3-0 lead.  They put the game well out of reach for the Threshers with a huge eighth inning.  Kyle Roller hit two triples in the eighth, while Sanchez had a RBI single and a two-run homer.  Slade Heathcott had a two-run double and the Yankees had a total of eight hits in that inning, plating nine runs and taking a 12-0 win.  Heathcott went 3-4 with two runs scored, a double, a walk, two stolen bases and two RBIs. Sanchez went 3-5 with three runs scored, a homer and three RBIs. Wilson went 3-5 with a run scored, a double and a triple, falling a homer short of the cycle.  Zachary Nuding threw seven strong innings, scattering three hits and a walk, while striking out four.  Tom Kahnle allowed two walks over two innings, striking out a pair.…

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Baseball America lists best tools in the Minors

The rest of the Yankees prospects that made the list are now in Tampa, but the surveys were done prior to their promotions so they are on the SAL list.  Tyler Austin was tagged as the Best Hitting Prospect, adding yet another accolade to his breakout 2012 season.  Austin hit .320/.405/.598 in 70 games with the RiverDogs.  his numbers have dipped a little in Tampa, but no more than you would expect.  Baseball America’s Best Power Prospect went to Gary Sanchez, who had 13 homers and 19 doubles in 68 games in Charleston this season.  He has hit a couple longballs in Tampa and – after a slow start – seems to be finding his swing now in High-A ball.   Mason Williams was labeled the Best Defensive OF in the SAL.  Williams is a strong overall player and has become a favorite for us at IIATMS, though his season was cut short after he injured his non-throwing shoulder diving for a ball.…

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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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