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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The Farm Report: 6/2/12 (Updated)


Trenton beat New Hampshire 3-2 in 14 innings:
Finishing up their game from yesterday, the Thunder and FisherCats played a minor league doubleheader in one game.  Scoreless after five innings, Trenton broke through in the bottom of the sixth.  Kevin Mahoney singled to left, scoring on Addison Maruszak’s double.  Maruszak stole third and scored on a single from Jose Pirela, giving Trenton a 2-0 lead.  The FisherCats answered by tying the game up in the eighth and the game went into extras.  Each team had a chance to score, but neither really threatened much as the innings went on.  Finally, in the bottom of the fourteenth, Pirela hit a walk-off homer to give the Thunder a 3-2 victory.  Pirela ended the day 3-7 with a homer and two RBIs.  David Adams went 2-5 with a double, while Mahoney went 3-5 with a run scored.Vidal Nuno threw seven innings giving up just two hits and a walk, striking out five.

Trenton won Game 2 against New Hampshire 6-5 in 15 innings:
braham Almonte drew a walk to start the bottom of the first.  …

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Minor Leagues Review: May

Empire State’s pitching has not lived up to its potential.  While Dellin Betances and Banuelos have both showed some strong improvement over their April showings, Betances continues to struggle with control and Banuelos is back on the shelf with a finger issue.  Meanwhile, the Yankees’ offense has been a pleasant surprise.  As a team, they are hitting .257/.338/.391, which puts them about fourth in the International League.  Ronnier Mustelier has done a good job since being called up earlier this month, hitting .287/.324/.479.  Steve Pearce, Jack Cust and Kevin Russo haven’t been able to replicate their strong April numbers, but continue to provide a lot of offense for Empire State.

Trenton Thunder:
The Thunder also continue to put together a strong season than I anticipated.  They went 19-10 in May and are just a game and a half behind the New Britain Rock Cats in the Eastern League Eastern Division.  Trenton has been nailed with injuries, with Graham Stoneburner back on the DL after a brief return.  …

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The Farm Report: 5/31/12

Trenton beat Erie 11-0:
Luke Murton and Kevin Mahoney hit back-to-back singles in the second and Murton scored on a sac fly from Jose Gil.  Addison Maruszak started the third with a single and stole second.  Abraham Almonte drew a walk and Corban Joseph hit into a force out, with Almonte out at second.  Maruszak scored on a ground out from David Adams and Cody Johnson followed with a homer to right, giving Trenton a 4-0 lead.   The Thunder used a double from Mahoney to score another run in the fourth.  Almonte and Joseph hit back-to-back singles int he fifth.  Adams hit into a force out at third.  Luke Murton walked to load the bases.  A passed ball allowed Joseph to score and a single from Gil plated Johnson for a 7-0 lead.  The Thunder scored two more on a homer from Murton in the seventh.  Trenton continued to put away Erie, scoring two runs in the eighth and taking an 11-0 win.  …

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The Farm Report: 5/30/12

No one in the Yankees lineup had more than one hit, while Curtis, Cust and Laird went hitless.  Cust did score and drew three walks.  Dellin Betances had a decent outing, going six innings and giving up two runs on four hits, four walks and four strikeouts.  Juan Cedeno pitched a hitless inning of relief, allowing one walk.  Meanwhile, Empire State’s newest member, Ryota Igarashi picked up his first save, throwing two scoreless innings and giving up two hits while striking out four.

Trenton beat Erie 4-3 in Game 1:
Erie broke through first, as Wade Gaynor singled in the second and Tony Plagman doubled.  Brandon Douglas singled in Gaynor and Bryan Pounds plated Plagman.  Douglas scored on a sac fly and the SeaWolves had a 3-0 lead.  Addison Maruszak hit a ground rule double in the third, scoring on Abraham Almonte’s double.  David Adams was hit by a pitch to start the fourth, scoring on a double by Zoilo Almonte.  …

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The Farm Report: Memorial Day Edition

Trenton beat Richmond 4-3:
Zoilo Almonte grounded a single to center to start the second inning.  He stole second, but Trenton loaded the bases on a pair of walks by Kevin Mahoney and Addison Maruszak.  Damon Sublett drew the third straight base on balls, plating Almonte for the first run of the game.  Richmond had a chance to strike back in the bottom of the inning, as Juan Perez singled and errors by Michael O’Brien and Luke Murton allowed him to reach third, as Ryan Cavan was safe at first.  Cavan stole second and Wendell Fairley drew a walk, but the Thunder escaped with the shut out intact as Gary Brown flew out to end the threat.  Murton made up for his error with a solo homer to start the fourth, giving the Thunder some insurance.  With two outs in the ninth, Abraham Almonte drew a walk and Jose Pirela was hit by a pitch.  David Adams lined a double to right, plating both runners and giving the Thunder a 4-0 lead.  …

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The Farm Report: 5/27/12

Trenton lost to Richmond 5-2:
Zoilo Almonte started the second with a single to center, moving to second on a wild pitch.  Jose Gil lined a single to center, plating Almonte, but getting thrown out at second to end the inning.  Richmond responded in the fourth, starting the inning with back-to-back singles.  Jose Gil threw out one runner trying to steal second, but three more singles and an error by Yadil Mujica put the Flying Squirrels in front 2-1.  Richmond added another pair of runs in the fifth.  Ehire Adrianza tripled in the seventh and scored on a sac fly, putting the Thunder down 5-1.  Almonte doubled in the top of the eighth and Luke Murton drew a walk.  Jose Gil scored Almonte on a sac fly, but Trenton was unable to keep the rally going, taking a 5-2 loss.  Zoilo Almonte went 3-5 with two runs scored and a double.  Corban Joseph went 2-3 with two walks.  Vidal Nuno went five innings and gave up four runs (none earned) on nine hits.  …

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The Farm Report: 5/26/12

Trenton beat Richmond 1-0:
The Thunder had a chance to break the game open in the first ining, as Corban Joseph and Cody Johnson drew walks and Zoilo Almonte singled to load the bases.  Unfortunately, they were able to bring any runs home.  Jose Gil hit a solo homer in the second, giving Trenton the first – and only – run of the game.  Each team had chances to score, but Gil’s homer was all the Thunder needed to take the win.  David Adams, Almonte, Gil and Jose Pirela each had one hit for Trenton.  Adams had a stolen base.  Brett Marshall made a strong start, going six innings and scattering four hits and four walks, striking out eight.  Francisco Rondon, Ryan Pope and Ryan Flannery each pitched a scoreless, hitless, walkless inning of relief.  Rondon struck out the side, while Pope and Flannery had two and one Ks respectively.  

Tampa beat Lakeland 5-0:
J.R. Murphy hit a solo homer in the first, putting Tampa ahead quickly.  …

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