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: 8/10/12


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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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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