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: 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.… Click here to read the rest

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.  … Click here to read the rest

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.… Click here to read the rest

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.  … Click here to read the rest

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. … Click here to read the rest

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.  … Click here to read the rest

The Farm Report: 6/21/12

Trenton lost to Richmond 7-2:
The Thunder started the game slow at the plate, as Richmond jumped out to a 7-0 lead.  Trenton finally broke through in the bottom of the sixth, as Melky Mesa drew a walk.  With one out, Addison Maruszak took a free pass.  Yadil Mujica lined a single to left, plating Mesa for their first run of the day.  Trenton had a chance to jump back into the game in the bottom of the eighth, as Jose Pirela started with a walk and David Adams followed with a double.  Zoilo Almonte grounded out, plating Pirela, but that was all they could muster, taking a 7-2 loss.  Jose Gil and Mujica went 2-4.  Pirela went 1-1 with a run scored and four walks.  Adam Miller lasted just 3.1 innings and gave up four runs on ten hits, two walks and a strikeout.

Tampa beat Lakeland 9-4:
Ramon Flores started the Yankees’ offense with a single to right.  Neil Medchill and Tyson Blaser drew walks, loading the bases and Kyle Roller singled in two runs for the early lead.  … Click here to read the rest

The Farm Report: 6/20/12 (Updated)

Trenton lost to Richmond 7-5 (12 innings):
Addison Maruszak tied the game at 2-2 with a two run homer in the bottom of the second.  Richmond held a 5-2 lead after four, but Trenton chipped away at it.  Zoilo Almonte started the sixth with a double, moving to third on a wild pitch.  Melky Mesa was hit by a pitch and stole second, allowing Zlmonte to score as the catcher made a throwing error.  Luke Murton singled in Mesa.  Trenton added another run in the seventh, as Almonte scored on a Mesa single, tying the game 5-5.  A two run double from Johnny Monell in the top of the twelfth, however, gave Richmond all they needed as they defeated the Thunder 7-5.  Mesa went 3-5 with two runs scored, a double and a RBI.  Maruszak went 2-5 with a run scored, a homer and two RBIs.  Almonte went 2-6 with two runs scored and a double.  The only player to not get a hit was Kyle Higashioka.  … Click here to read the rest

The Farm Report: 6/19/12

The Yankees managed just four hits, as Russo, Joseph, Mustelier and Chris Dickerson each picked one up.  As a team, the Yankees went 0-7 with runners in scoring position.  Adam Warren went seven innings and gave up three runs on seven hits, two walks and five Ks.  Juan Cedeno threw one inning and gave up one run on a hit, a walk and three Ks.

Trenton beat Richmond 3-2:
Abraham Almonte started the bottom of the first with a walk, moving to second on a passed ball.  Jose Pirela singled and David Adams hit a sac fly to right, plating Almonte for the first run of the day.  Richmond tied the game with a run in the second, but Trenton regained the lead in the fifth, as Luke Murton hit a solo homer to center.  Richmond tied the game again in the seventh, but the Thunder struck back in the eighth.  Almonte walked and moved to second on a sac bunt by Pirela.  … Click here to read the rest