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: 6/29/12

Branyan went 2-3 with two runs scored, a homer nad three RBIs.  Ramiro Pena was the only batter to go hitless, while the rest of the lineup each picked up a hit.  Dickerson went 1-3 with three runs scored and two walks.  Nelson Figueroa threw five innings and gave up two runs on three hits, three walks and four Ks.

Trenton lost to New Britain 8-4:
Trenton scored first, as David Adams singled in Jose Pirela in the first.  New Britain tied the game with a run in the bottom of the inning and took a one run lead in the second.  Adams homered in the third, but the Rock Cats put together a great rally in the bottom of the inning.  Doubles from Estarlin De Los Santos and James Beresford helped New Britain take a 7-2 edge.  Addison Maruszak hit a two run homer in the fourth, but that was all the offense the Thunder had in them, taking an 8-4 loss.…

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The Farm Report: 6/28/12

The only Yankee batter to come away hitless was Ramiro Pena.  Branyan went 1-3 with three RBIs and Cervelli went 1-3 with a run scored, a RBI and a triple.  The rest of the lineup each collected two hits, as Cust and Joseph picked up a pair of RBIs.  Dickerson had the lone stolen base.  John Maine threw five scoreless innings, allowing four hits and a walk while striking out six.  Preston Claiborne struggled in his first outing since being called up.  He went one innings nad allowed four runs on four hits, two walks and a K.

Trenton lost to New Britain 5-4:
The game was scoreless through four innings, but the Thunder jumped out to a lead in the fifth.  After two quick outs, Addison Maruszak and Jeffrey Farnham singled to right and Damon Sublett doubled, plating the first run of the game.  A single from Abraham Almonte scored Farnham and Sublett and Trenton took a 3-0 lead.  Farnham and Almonte both doubled in the seventh, adding another run for the Thunder.  …

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The Farm Report: 6/27/12

Trenton beat New Britain 9-4:
The Thunder got off to a good start, as Jose Pirela singled and David Adams followed with his first homer of the year.  They rallied again in the second, as Luke Murton started with a single and Jose Gil doubled.  Yadil Mujica loaded the bases with a walk and a grounder from Damon Sublett scored Murton.  Pirela singled in Gil and Zoilo Almonte singled in Sublett and Pirela for a 6-0 lead.  Murton homered in the third, but New Britain finally got on the board in the bottom of the inning.  Nathan Hanson doubled and scored on a single from Aaron Hicks.  They added runs in the fourth and the sixth, but the Yankees added some more insurance in the ninth, as Adams hit his second homer of the day, once again with Pirela on base.  The Rock Cats managed one run in the bottom of the inning, but the Thunder held on for a 9-4 win.…

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Dellin Betances takes a big step backwards, headed down to Trenton

Betances had an ugly April, but looked like he was making some progress in May.  He had an ERA of 3.86 over six games and was allowing only a .220 batting average from opposing hitters.  June, however, has made Betances’ April look nice.  Over five games, Betances has a 9.00 ERA and is getting smacked around for a .284 average.  On the season, he is giving up 8.32 walks per nine innings, just slightly under his 8.56 strikeouts per nine.

Consistency has long been the problem for the hard throwing, big righty.  He has plenty of potential, but allowing free passes has dogged him throughout the upper levels of the minors.  It is widely assumed that Betances destiny is as a reliever, yet the Yankees have yet to move him out of the starting rotation (perhaps trying to use him as trade bait?).  While I am sure that Betances is disappointed to be heading back to Trenton, it may be for the best.  …

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The Farm Report: 6/26/12

Trenton lost to New Britain 5-4:
Damon Sublett started the game with a double, scoring on a single from Luke Murton.  The Rock Cats took the lead in the bottom of the inning with a two-run homer by Oswaldo Arcia.  Jose Pirela started the third with a single and Melky Mesa and Luke Murton drove in back-to back singles to plate a run.  A sac fly by Addison Maruszak gave teh Yankees a 3-2 lead, but New Britain tied the game again in the bottom of the inning.  The Rock Cats took a 5-3 lead in the fourth and Zoilo Almonte hit a solo homer in the fifth, but that was all the Thunder could do, taking a 5-4 loss.

Murton went 2-3 with a pair of RBIs.  Pirela went 2-4 with a run scored.  Adam Miller went four innings and gave up five runs on eight hits, two walks and two Ks. Kelvin Perez and Preston Claiborne each pitched two hitless innings.…

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The Farm Report: 6/25/12

Branyan went 2-3 with a run scored, a homer, two walks and three RBIs.  Dickerson went 2-4 with a run scored and a stolen base.  Mustelier went 2-4 with two runs scored, a double and two RBIs.  Dellin Betances got slapped around again, throwing just three innings and allowing seven runs on only five hits.  He walked four and struck out four.  

Trenton beat Portland 7-1:
The game was scoreless through four innings, but the Thunder came through in the bottom of the fifth.  Jose Gil singled to center, scoring on a double by Addison Maruszak.  Trenton put together a nice rally in the sixth, to give them some distance from the Sea Dogs.  Zoilo Almonte singled and Luke Murton homered.  Damon Sublett drew a walk, as did Gil and Maruszak, loading the bases.  An error by the Portland shortstop plated two more runs and the Thunder held a 5-0 lead.  Sac flies by Murton and Sublett added a pair of runs in the seventh and all Portland could manage was a solo homer by Bryce Brentz in the ninth as Trenton took the 7-1 victory.  …

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The Farm Report: 6/24/12

Trenton lost a close one to Portland 6-5:
The Thunder jumped out to a quick lead.  Jose Pirela singled and stole second.  Zoilo Almonte singled to left, plating Pirela and Melky Mesa homered for the 3-0 lead.  The Sea Dogs responded with two runs in the top of the second.  They tied the game with a run in the fourth and took a 4-3 lead in the sixth.  The Thunder retook the lead int he seventh, as Addison Maruszak reached on an error and moved to second.  Jeffrey Farnham doubled him in and scored on a grounder from Abraham Almonte.  Portland scored two runs in the top of the eighth, as Ryan Dent followed Derrik Gibson’s triple with a homer.  They held on for the 6-5 defeat of Trenton.

Zoilo went 2-4 with a run scored and a RBI.  Melky Mesa went 2-4 with a run scored, a homer and two RBIs.  Mikey O’Brien got the start, going five innings and giving up three runs on four hits, four walks and three Ks. …

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The Farm Report: 6/23/12

…and a 7-6 victory in Game 2:
Portland took a one-run lead in the first, but the Thunder stormed back in the second, in big part to a RBI double from Addison Maruszak, who scored later on a wild pitch.  The Sea Dogs took a 3-2 lead in the third, but Trenton found their swing in the fifth.  Doubles by Zoilo Almonte and Maruszak helped the Thunder take a 6-3 edge.  Portland tied the game in the top of the seventh, but a RBI single from Jose Pirela gave Trenton the walk-off victory.  Zoilo went 2-4 with a double and a run scored.  Maruszak went 2-4 with two doubles, a stolen base and four RBIs.

Tampa got stomped 8-1 by Lakeland:
Tampa was never really in this game, scoring their lone run in the ninth as they already trailed by nine runs.  Ramon Flores went 3-4 and Zach Wilson went 2-4.  Caleb Cotham got smacked around, going four innings and giving up seven runs on nine hits, a walk and two Ks.  …

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