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: 8/22/12

Trenton lost to Altoona 14-2:
The Curve completed the sweep of the Thunder in a big way today, as Gerrit Cole took the mound for Altoona. Trenton took an early lead as Adonis Garcia doubled and David Adams singled him in. Addison Maruszak singled in Adams for the 2-0 first inning lead. Altoona found their bats in the top of the fourth, however. Andrew Lambo drew a lead off walk and Matt Curry followed with a single. Both runners moved over on a sac bunt and Dellin Betances loaded the bases by hitting Charles Cutler with a pitch. A single by Quincy Latimore plated Altoona’s first run of the day. Another walk tied the game and Cutler gave the Curve a lead when Drew Maggi was hit by a pitch. A single by Ramon Cabrera was deflected by Betances, as Altoona brought in two more runs for a 5-2 lead. Cutler hit a two run double in the fifth and Latimore followed with a two-run homer for the 9-2 edge.…

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The Farm Report: 8/21/12

Trenton lost to Altoona 5-0:
The Curve scored the first run of the day on a single by Matt Curry in the first. JR Murphy doubled in the bottom of the inning, but Zoilo Almonte hit into a double play to end the inning. Curry came through for Altoona again in the third, hitting a two-run double for a 3-0 lead. Almonte and Luke Murton hit back-to-back singles in the fourth, but once again came up short. Walter Ibarra singled in the sixth, Adonis Garcia drew a walk and Almonte walked to load the bases, but Murton hit into a double play, once again leaving the Thunder empty handed. In the end, Trenton lost 5-0 to the Curve.

Trenton managed just five hits.  Murphy went 1-4 with a double. Almonte went 1-2 with a pair of walks. Ibarra went 1-2 with a walk. Brett Marshall went six and gave up four runs on nine hits, no walks and seven Ks. Francisco Rondon went 2.2 and allowed one run on two hits, a walks and five Ks.…

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The Farm Report: 8/20/12

Trenton lost to Altoona 6-2:
After four scoreless innings, the Thunder drew first blood in the bottom of the fifth, as Addison Maruszak hit a solo homer to left. Altoona got the run back in the top of the sixth, but Trenton retook the lead in the bottom of the inning. Jeff Farnham singled and moved to second on a sac bunt by Walter Ibarra. Adonis Garcia doubled him in for the 2-1 lead. Unfortunately, the Curve had a big eighth inning, plating five runs with two outs. That would prove to be more than enough, as the Thunder was unable to put up much fight in the last two innings, losing 6-2.

Garcia went 2-4 with a double, a stolen base and a RBI. Maruszak and Farnham both went 1-3 with a run scored, with Maruszak tagging a homer. David Adams had the Thunder’s only other hit. Shaeffer Hall pitched a strong game, going 6.2 and giving up one run on five hits, a walk and six Ks.…

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The Farm Report: 8/19/12

Trenton came from behind to beat Bowie 4-3:
Bowie wasted little time gtting the lead, as Jonathan Schoop drew a walk and Ty Kelly followed with a single. Robbie Widlansky singled in Schoop and Buck Britton lined a double to center, plating Kelly and putting the Baysox ahead 2-0. Zealous Wheeler hit a solo homer in the second for the 3-0 advantage, but the Thunder started their comeback in the fourth. David Adams drew a free pass, but was out on a grounder by Zoilo Almonte. Luke Murton lined a single to center and Addison Maruszak doubled Almonte and Murton home, bringing Trenton within a run of Bowie. The Baysox held their lead through seven, but the Thunder struck again in the bottom of the eighth. Shane Brown singled and Adams was hit by a pitch. Almonte lined a double to right, tying the game. Murton was intentionally walked, loading the bases and Adams scored on a passed ball for a 4-3 victory.…

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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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