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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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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The Farm Report: 7/28/12

Trenton beat Harrisburg 5-1 in Game 2:
The Senators took a 1-0 lead in the first, but the Yankees took the lead in the bottom of the inning when Luke Murton doubled in Jose Pirela and Zoilo Almonte.  They added some insurance in the fourth, scoring three runs on a RBI single from Rob Segedin and a double by Pirela.  Pirela and Melky Mesa both went 2-3 with a run scored and a double.  Pirela had a RBI.  Segedin also went 2-3 with a run scored and a RBI.  Craig Heyer went 3.2 innings and gave up one run on three hits and four Ks.  Graham Stoneburner threw 2.1 and held the Senators scoreless.  He gave up three hits and a walk, striking out one.

Tampa got stomped by Palm Beach 12-0:
The Yankees never had much of a chance, as the Cardnials knocked them for twelve runs on 23 hits.  Ramon Flores went 2-4 and Gary Sanchez went 3-4 with a double.  …

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The Farm Report: 7/27/12

Trenton lost to Harrisburg 7-4:
Jose Pirela started the bottom of the first with a double, scoring on a double play ball by Zoilo Almonte.  Harrisburg scored three runs in the second on four singles and a walk.  Dellin Betances replaced Mikey O’Brien in the top of the third, allowing Jimmy Van Ostrand to reach on an error.  Zach Walters singled to right and Destin Hood tripled them in for a 5-1 Thunder deficit.  Kevin Mahoney doubled in the fourth, scoring on a single by Jose Gil.  Harrisburg scored two more runs in the top of the eighth, and Trenton tried to put together a rally in the bottom of the inning.  Pirela drew a walk and scored on a double by Addison Maruszak.  A single from Melky Mesa plated Maruszak, but that was it for the Thunder, who fell 7-4.

Maruszak went 3-5 with a run scored, a double and a RBI.  Mahoney went 2-4 with a run scored and a double.  …

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The Farm Report: 7/26/12

Trenton’s game was suspended with Harrisburg leading 3-1 in the second.

Tampa beat Palm Beach 6-4:
Ramon Flores tripled to center in the bottom of the first.  He scored on a ground out and Slade Heathcott singled.  He moved to second on an error.  Tyler Austin singled, putting runners on the corners.  Heathcott scored on a ground out by Gary Sanchez, giving Tampa a 2-0 lead.  Jose Mojica singled and Flores followed with a double.  A single by Adonis Garcia scored Mojica and Heathcott singled in Flores.  A ground ball to third scored Garcia and the Yankees were up 5-0.  A RBI single by Heathcott in the fourth gave the Yankees a healthy 6-0 lead, but Palm Beach started to work their way back into the game.  They scored two runs in the fourth and two in the seventh, but Tampa held on for the 6-4 victory.

Flores went 3-5 with three runs scored, a double and a triple.  Heathcott went 3-4 with a run scored and two RBIs.  …

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The Farm Report: 7/19/12

Trenton beat Reading 1-0:
The Thunder and the Phillies played five innings of scoreless baseball before Trenton finally broke through.  A solo homer by Neil Medchill gave the Thunder the only run they would need  with one out in the sixth.   They had a chancee to score more, as Jose Pirela walked and Addison Maruszak singled, but David Adams ended the threat by hittting into an inning ending double play.  Maruszak was the only Thunder player to get more than one hit, going 2-44.  Pirela, Adams and Medchill each had one hit, with Medchill’s homer being the difference maker.  Shaeffer Hall went seven innings and held the Phillies scoreless.  He gave up seven hits and one walk, striking out five.

Tampa lost to Bradenton 4-3:
Mason Williams started the game with a double to right.  Adonis Garcia singled him in and the Yankees had an early 1-0 lead.  Bradenton responded with two runs in the bottom of the first.  With two outs in the fifth, Williams singled to center and stole second.  …

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