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: 8/3/12

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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The Farm Report: 8/2/12

Trenton beat Altoona 9-6:
Walter Ibarra started the bottom of the first and scored on a sac fly by Zoilo Almonte.  The Curve tied the game in the top of the second, but Trenton responded.  JR Murphy drew a walk and Rob Segedin followed with a single.  Murphy scored on a single by Yadil Mujica and the Thunder had a 2-1 edge.  David Adams was hit by a pitch in the third and Almonte followed with a homer to right, putting Trenton ahead 4-1.  With two outs int he fourth, Adams and Almonte hit back-to-back doubles.  Murton grounded a single to right, plating Almonte.  Altoona finally got a couple runs back in the fifth, cutting the Thunder lead to 6-3.  Murphy opened the Thunder’s half of the fifth with a single, but was called out at second on a grounder by Segedin.  Mujica lined a single to right, putting runners on the corners.  He stole second and Ibarra singled in both runners.  …

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Minor League Review: July

Trenton Thunder:
The Thunder had an outstanding July, going 21-10 and finding themselves atop the Eastern Division and six games in front of New Britain.  They have gotten help from both sides of the field, but some particularly strong offensive performances was key to their success in July.  Trenton’s offense is in the top of the Eastern League, as they hit .267/.336/.433 as a team.  They have 95 stolen bases, good for third, and have shown some great power with a league leading 190 homers.  David Adams, who has improved with each passing month, put together a great month, hitting .375/.444/.477 with eleven RBIs.  Melky Mesa has complimented him well at the plate, hitting .324 with four homers, seven doubles and eleven RBIs over the past month.

The Thunder’s pitching isn’t too shabby either.  As a team they have a 3.38 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP.  Shaeffer Hall has been a good anchor in their starting rotation, and had a 2.03 ERA over six starts in July.  …

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The Farm Report: 8/1/12

Pirela and Maruszak went 2-4 with a RBI. Murton went 2-5 with a double and a run scored.  Mikey O’Brien went five and gave up two runs on five hits, three walks and four Ks.  Mark Montgomery went two innings held Altoona hitless, scoreless and walkless, while striking out four.  Graham Stoneburner pitched a scoreless eleventh and picked up a K, allowing two hits.

Tampa beat Charlotte 6-1:
Gary Sanchez and Zach Wilson hit back-to-back singles in the second.  Sanchez scored on a singled lined to left by Jose Mojica for the early lead.  Ramon Flores singled in the fifth and Adonis Garcia followed with a double.  Slade Heathcott singled in Garcia and the Yankees had a 3-0 lead.  Wilson tripled in the sixth and scored on a line drive by Jose Toussen.  Flores started the ninth with a single to right and Heathcott knocked out a two-run homer for the 6-0 lead.  The Stone Crabs got one run in the bottom of the ninth, but the Yankees took the 6-1 victory.…

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The Farm Report: 7/31/12

Trenton beat Altoona 2-1:
Oscar Tejeda started the second with a solo homer for the Curve, who held the slim lead through six innings as Gerrit Cole kept the Trenton offense in check.  The Thunder rallied in the seventh though, as Zoilo Almonte lead off with a homer to tie the game.  Melky Mesa reached on a single and Luke Murton followed with a single.  A double play ball by JR Murphy allowed Mesa to score, giving the Thunder a 2-1 win.

No one on Trenton had more than one hit, as they scattered six hits.  Rob Segedin went 1-2 with a double and a walk.  Almonte’s homer was accounted for the Thunder’s other extra base hit.  Altoona’s Gerrit Cole gave Trenton a hard time, allowing just three hits and one walk while striking out six.   Brett Marshall gave Trenton six strong innings. allowing one run on four hits, three walks and four Ks.

Tampa beat Charlotte 6-4 in 11 innings:
The  Yankees jumped out to an early lead, as Adonis Garcia reached on an error in the first, and Slade Heathcott followed with a single and they both moved over on a wild pitch.  …

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The Farm Report: 7/30/12 – Hensley makes shaky pro debut for GCL

Tampa beat Charlotte 6-2:
The Yankees drew first blood in the third.  Ramon Flores started the inning with a walk and Slade Heathcott was hit by a pitch.  Tyler Austin grounded the ball to short and Heathcott was out at second.  Austin stole second and a single by Kyle Roller plated Flores and Austin for a 2-0 lead.  Charlotte got one run back in the bottom of the inning and tied the game with another run in the fourth.  Tampa rallied again in the seventh.  Jose Mojica singled to right and moved to second on a sac bunt by Jose Toussen.  Adonis Garcia doubled him in and Heathcott drove a RBI triple to right.  Gary Sanchez singled in the eighth and Hector Rabago knocked a two-run homer for a 6-2 victory.

Mojica and Austin were the only Tampa batters to come away hitless, as the rest of the lineup each had one hit.  Mojica and Austin did both score runs.   Kyle Roller went 1-4 with two RBIs, while Rabago went 1-4 with a homer and two RBIs.  …

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The Farm Report: 7/29/12 – Joba’s rehab continues in Trenton

Trenton beat Harrisburg 3-2:
The Senators scored first, as Justin Bloxom singled to start the second.  Tim Pahuta doubled to right and Bloxon scored on a groundout by Sean Nicol.  Harrisburg doubled their lead with a run in the top of the third and held the 2-0 lead through the seventh.  The Thunder finally rallied in the bottom of the eighth.  JR Murphy lined a double to center and Rob Segedin drew a walk.  A single by Walter Ibarra loaded the bases and Murphy scored on a wild pitch.  A single by Jose Pirela plated Segedin and Ibarra and Trenton took the lead.  A 1-2-3 inning by Mark Montgomery gave the Thunder the 3-2 victory.

Pirela went 2-4 with two RBIs.  Melky Mesa went 1-3, as did Murphy who had a run scored and a double.  Mesa had a stolen base.  Ibarra went 1-2 with a run scored and a walk.  Shaeffer Hall went 6.2 and gave up two runs (one earned) on five hits, three walks and two Ks.  …

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