About Tamar Chalker

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.

The Farm Report: 7/2/12

Trenton beat Portland 12-4 in Game 1:
Melky Mesa doubled in the second and Luke Murton drew a walk.  Jose Gil doubled them both in and the Thunder had a 2-0 lead.  Jose Pirela drove a double to left in the third, scoring on a single from Addison Maruszak.  David Adams singled and Zoilo Almonte loaded the bases with a walk.  Mesa lined a single to center and Murton hit into a double play that brought Adams home.  Damon Sublett reached on an error by the Sea Dogs’ first baseman, plating Mesa for a 6-0 Thunder advantage.  Portland split the lead in half in the fourth, but the Thunder got the three runs back in the top of the fifth.  Zoilo homered to start the inning and Mesa singled to left.  Murton hit the second homer of the inning and Trenton led 9-3.  Portland added another run in the sixth, but the Thunder added some more insurance in the seventh.  Mesa and Murton hit back-to-back doubles.  … Click here to read the rest

Minor League Review: June


While pitching has not been reliable for the Yankees, their offense has proven to be a big asset.  Ronnier Mustelier continues to make a case for a shot in the majors, consistently landing towards the top of the leader boards for the International League. Russell Branyan has also added some big relief for the Yankees’ offense since joining the team in June.

Trenton Thunder:
Much like Empire State, Trenton continues to perform in 2012.  They went 16-13 in June and find themselves just half a game behind Reading in the standings.  Trenton’s offense has been a big reason for their success.  They lead the league in slugging percentage (.420) and OPS (.755) and second in stolen bases.  Their power has been a big boon, as they have 91 homers – 28 more than the next team.

While the Thunder offense has shown their ability to hit the long ball, their pitching has allowed just 47 homers.  They have the second lowest ERA in the league, at 3.36.  … Click here to read the rest

The Farm Report: 7/1/12

Trenton beat Portland 6-3:
The Sea Dogs took a 1-0 lead in the first and the score held through five innings.  The Thunder got their offense going in the sixth, as David Adams doubled and Addison Maruszak drew a walk.  Melky Mesa homered for a 3-1 edge.  Portland got one run back in the bottom of the inning and tied the game with a run in the seventh.  The game headed into extras, and in the top of the eleventh Trenton broke through.  Damon Sublett and Jose Gil singled.  A sac bunt from Yadil Mujica moved the runners over and Jose Pirela was intentionally walked.  Sublett scored on a ground out and Adams singled in Gil and Pirela for the 6-3 win.

Adams went 3-5 with a run scored, a double and two RBIs.  Mesa went 3-5 with a run scored, a homer and three RBIs.  Luke Murton and Sublett both went 2-5 with two and one doubles respectively.  Vidal Nuno threw 5.1 innings and gave up two runs on four hits, no walks and six Ks.… Click here to read the rest

The Farm Report: 6/30/12

Dickerson went 2-5 with a double and two RBIs.  He also struck out three times.  Laird went 2-4 with a run scored.  Kruml went 2-4 with a run scored and a RBI.  Michael O’Connor went four innings and allowed two run son four hits.  He walked no one and struck out three, giving up a pair of homers.

Trenton lost to Portland 4-3:
Addison Maruszak hit a solo homer to center for a 1-0 lead in the first.  The score held through five innings and the Yankees doubled their lead in the sixth, as Melky Mesa doubled and scored on a single from Damon Sublett.  Mesa singled in the top of the eighth and Jose Gil singled him in for a 3-0 lead, but the Sea Dogs struck back in the bottom of the inning.  Drew Hedman and Ryan Dent hit back-to-back singles and Jackie Bradley walked.  A double from Jeremy Hazelbaker plated three runs and the game was tied.  Hedman homered in the first at bat in the bottom of the ninth, giving Portland the walk-off victory.… Click here to read the rest

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.… Click here to read the rest

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.  … Click here to read the rest