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

Empire State beat Gwinnett 3-2:
After four innings, the Yankees scored the first run of the day.  Chris Dickerson singled to left and Francisco Cervelli was hit by a pitch.  Ronnier Mustelier grounded a single to center, plating Dickerson.  Brandon Laird hit a solo homer in the sixth, but Gwinnett tied the game in the top of the seventh.  Dickerson tripled in the seventh and scored on a single from Cervelli, giving the Yankees a 3-2 win.  Dickerson went 3-4 with two runs scored, a triple and a stolen base.  Cole Garner went 3-4 as well and Laird was 2-4 with a homer.  Ramon Ortiz went six innings and held the Braves scoreless on six hits, two walks and two Ks.  Manny Delcarmen threw three scoreless innings and gave up just one walk, striking out three.

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

Via Josh Norris, Dellin Betances has been demoted to Trenton.  It has been no secret that the Yankees’ heralded pitching prospect has struggled mightily this season, after making his major league debut last September.  Brien has often said he thought the Yankees brought Betances up from Trenton before he had truly proven he could pitch there, and I have always been inclined to agree.  This seems to prove it.

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The Farm Report: 6/26/12

Empire State beat Gwinnett 3-1:
The game was scoreless through three, but Corban Joseph started the fourth with a double.  He moved to third on a passed ball and scored on a ground out by Ronnier Mustelier.  Gwinnett tied the game in the sixth as Jose Constanza singled and scored on a line drive by Felix Pie.  Ramiro Pena singled to start the eighth.  Chris Dickerson and Joseph drew walks, loading the bases.  Russell Branyan lined a single to right and Dickerson and Pena scored for a 3-1 win.

Joseph went 3-3 with a run scored and three doubles.  Branyan and Pena had the only other hits for the Yankees.  D.J. Michell had a nice outing, going seven innings and allowing just one run on five hits, two walks and six Ks.

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The Farm Report: 6/25/12

Overall, it was a good night on the farm, though Empire State came up short and the GCL Yankees had the day off.  First, a few quick notes.  Slade Heathcott finished up his rehab stint in the GCL and returned to the Tampa lineup.  Mason Williams picked up SAL Player of the Week honors for this past week.  He hit .421 and had three homers, six RBIs and seven runs scored.

Empire State lost to Indianapolis 9-8:
The Yankees took a quick lead, as Chris Dickerson drew a walk and stole second.  Corban Joseph singled and Dickerson scored on a ground out by Ronnier Mustelier.  A single from Russell Branyan plated Joseph for the 2-0 lead.  The Indians, however, took a big lead in the second, scoring six runs.  They had a 7-2 lead as the Yankees entered the top of the fifth.  Mustelier lead off the inning with a single.  Jack Cust drew a walk and Brandon Laird singled in Mustelier.  Colin Curtis knocked in two more runs, doubling to left as the Yankees trailed by two.  Joseph walked in the top of the sixth and Mustelier doubled him in.  Branyan then homered to put the Yankees ahead 8-7.  Unfortunately, Indianapolis responded with two runs in the bottom of the sixth to retake the lead.  They held on, handing the Yankees a 9-8 defeat.

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The Farm Report: 6/24/12

The Yankees had a good day on the farm, with only the Thunder coming up short. Tampa and the GCL Yankees did not play.

Empire State beat Indianapolis 4-0:
Gustavo Molina started the third with a solo homer, for the first run of the game. Kevin Russo was hit by a pitch and Ronnier Mustelier grounded a single to center. Jack Cust singled in Russo and the Yankees took a 2-0 lead. Russo and Corban Joseph opened up the fifth with back-to-back singles. A ground out by Mustelier plated Russo for another run. Cust hit a solo homer in the seventh and the Yankees held onto a 4-0 lead for the win.

Russo had another nice day at the plate, going 3-4 with two runs scored. Cust was 3-4 with a double, a homer, a run scored and two RBIs. Adam Warren had a decent start, going five scoreless innings and allowing just five hits, a walk and a K. Chase Whitley relieved him and threw 2.1 innings, allowing just a hit and two walks, striking out one.

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The Farm Report: 6/23/12

 

It’s been a long day, so this is going to be a bit abbreviated…

Empire State lost to Indianapolis 8-3:
The Yankees didn’t have much of a chance, as John Maine took the start and gave up six runs in the first.  A RBI double by Brandon Laird in the second and a wo run homer by Jack Cust put Empire State back in it, but Indianapolis added two more runs for the 8-3 victory.  Corban Joseph went 2-4.  Cust and Laird had the Yankees only extra base hits and RBIs.  John Maine lasted just .1 inning, giving up six runs on five hits, two walks and a K.  Manny Delcarman’s recent struggles continued, as he gave up two runs on two hits in two innings.

Trenton swept a doubleheader against Portland, 8-3 in Game 1…:
A RBI double by David Adams gave the Thunder their first run of the day and Abraham Almonte gave them a 2-0 lead in the second on a single to center.  Portland teid the game in the third, but Trenton retook the lead in the fourth.  They used a big fifth inning and back-to-back-to-back homers from Zoilo Almonte, Melky Mesa and Luke Murton to take a 7-3 lead.  Trenton held on for the 8-3 victory, as everyone picked up at least one hit.  Abraham went 2-4 with a run scored, a RBI and two stolen bases.  Adams went 2-3 with a double, a run scored and two RBIs.  Jose Gil went 2-3 with two runs scored, a homer and a RBI.

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The Farm Report: 6/21/12

Empire State lost to Louisville 11-6:
The Yankees got a quick lead, as Corban Joseph drew a walk and Francisco Cervelli reached on an error.  Russell Branyan worked a free pass, loading the bases.  Kevin Russo singled in Joseph and Cervelli, putting the Yankees ahead 2-0.  Louisville brought out the bats in the bottom of the second, scoring six runs on a two walks, a homer, five singles and a double.  Jack Cust doubled in the fifth, scoring on a single from Branyan, but the Bats responded with five more runs over the next two innings for an 11-3 lead.   The Yankees went on a rally in the top of the ninth.  Chris Dickerson drew a walk and scored on a double by Joseph.  Cervelli singled in Joseph and moved to second on an error.  Russo hit a two-out single, plating Cervelli, but Brandon Laird lined out to end the game on a 11-6 Empire State loss.

Joseph went 1-3 with two runs scored, a double, a RBI and two walks.  Cervelli as 2-5 with two runs scored.  Russo went 3-4 with three RBIs.  D.J. Mitchell went just two innings, getting knocked for six runs on seven hits, three walks and two Ks.  Michael O’Connor went three innings and allowed tow runs on four hits, a walk and three Ks.  Manny Delcarmen had a tough inning of work, giving up three runs on three hits, a walk and a strikeout.

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

First, it appears as though when Empire State returns to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2013, they may not return as the “Yankees.”  The club has announced a naming contest for the team, with six finalists to be named in early July and a winner determined by the end of the month.  There had been reports that the Yankees were going to make all their affiliates remove the Yankees nickname, but this looks to have been merely a rumor.  Scranton’s reasoning for the name change appears to be part of their general rebranding/new field/etc plan.  As Donnie Collins points out, most Triple-A teams have their own names, often representing their area and theoretically helping to bring in more income.

It’s been kind of a crazy day for me and between the crazy heat (not that I’m complaining…as long as it’s not snowing here I am happy) and family being in town I’m a bit tired so this is going to be a bit abbreviated tonight.  Overall, it was a tough day for the Yankees, as the only victory came in the GCL.

Empire State lost to Louisville 5-3:
Russell Branyan followed a single by Ronnier Mustelier with a two-run shot in the fourth to give the Yankees a 2-1 lead.  The Bats tied the game in the fifth, but Empire State took a 3-2 lead in the sixth on a homer from Jack Cust.  Unfortunately, Louisville rallied in the seventh, scoring three runs for the 5-3 win.  The Yankees only managed four hits all night and committed two errors.  Corban Joseph, Mustelier, Cust and Branyan accounted for their offense, while Joseph and Doug Bernier had errors in the field.  Dellin Betances went just 4.2 innings and gave up two runs on three hits.  The real story, however, was his walks and Ks – he had seven walks and six strikeouts.

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The Farm Report: 6/19/12

Charleston is still off for the All-Star Break, but David Aardsma had a good rehab outing and Slade Heathcott looked good as he continues to work his way back from a shoulder injury.  Brett Marshall has been put on the DL, meaning Shaeffer Hall is the only member of the Thunder rotation to not miss time due to injury this season.  In good news, Zoilo Almonte picked up Player of the Week honors in the Eastern League, while Gary Sanchez got the same nod in the South Atlantic League. Over all, the Yankees affiliates went 2-3 on the day.

Empire State lost to Louisville 4-2:
The Yankees scored quickly, as Corban Joseph singled and scored on a double from Ronnier Mustelier.  Louisville got the run back in the bottom of the inning, as Joey Gathright lined a single to third and scored on a single by Mike Costanzo.  Empire State took the lead again in the third.  Kevin Russo singled and moved to second on a wild pitch.  Joseph grounded out, moving Russo to third and Mustelier was hit by a pitch and Jack Cust hit a sac fly to put the Yankees up 2-1.  In the bottom of the seventh, the Bats got to work.  A two-run homer gave Louisville a 3-2 lead.  Dioner Navarro hit a solo homer in the eighth, handing the Yankees a 4-2 defeat.

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