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.

Author Archives: Tamar Chalker

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.  …

Read more

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.  …

Read more

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.  …

Read more

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.  …

Read more

My thoughts on the Clemens trial

I had actually dreaded the Roger Clemens trial – not because of how it would reflect on baseball, I think baseball and many of its fans accept that the “Steroid Era” existed but are ready to move past it.  No, I dreaded it...

Read more

The Farm Report: 6/18/12 – Short Season Opening Day

Not much offense from the Yankees tonight.  Custodio went 1-4, as did Matt Snyder.  Eicardo Cayones, who the Yankees got in the A.J. Burnett trade, went 2-3 with a double and a stolen base.  Taylor Morton had a strong start, going six innings and scattering four runs and a walk, picking up a pair of Ks.

GCL Yankees beat the GCL Braves 7-3:
The Braves struck first, as Jose Peraza walked and promptly stole second and third before scoring on a sac fly.  The Yankees responded in the top of the second, as Austin Jones doubled to right and scored on a single from Mikeson Oliberto.  Jerison Lopez doubled in Oliberto to give the Yankees a 2-1 lead.  The Braves tied the game with a run in the third, but the Yankees struck again in the fourth.  Jones, Miguel Andujar and Oliberto hit back-to-back-to-back singles to load the bases.  Lopez hit into a double play, but Jones scored.  The Braves tied the game once again, but the Yankees took the lead for good in the sixth.  …

Read more

Minor League Preview: Staten Island Yankees

This year, Staten Island will have another strong crew as they try to repeat their 2011 success.  Former Yankee farmhand, Justin Pope, makes his managerial debut, after working as a coach for Staten Island in 2010 and Trenton in 2011.  The Yankees’ roster is full of draft picks from earlier this month, primarily those with college experience.  The pitching staff holds the most unknowns, as recently drafted pitchers Derek Varnadore, Taylor Garrison, Nick Goody and Tim Flight are all going to get their professional careers started in Staten Island.  They have a handful of hurlers with some professional experience, but only time will tell what Staten Island’s pitching will look like.  Evan Rutckyj, who made six starts for Charleston this season, has been sent down to Staten Island, as has Evan DeLuca, who has made three starts for Tampa this year.

Staten Island will have more experience when it comes to their position players, as Matt Duran, Claudio Custodio, Isaias Tejeda and Ravel Santana are expected to provide some excitement for Staten Island fans.  …

Read more

The Farm Report: Father’s Day Edition

Trenton beat Harrisburg 4-0:
The Thunder broke through in the third, as Jose Gil drew a walk to start the inning.  Gil stole second and scored on a single from Yadil Mujica for the first run of the game.  Melky Mesa was hit by a pitch in the fourth, moving to second on a passed ball and stealing third.  Addison Maruszak singled to right, plating Mesa for a 2-0 lead.  Abraham Almonte singled to start the fifth, scoring on a double by Zoilo Almonte.  Trenton plated a run for the fourth straight inning in the sixth, as Mesa drew a walk and stole second.  Gil struck out on a wild pitch which allowed Mesa to advance to third.  A single from Maruszak plated Mesa and the Thunder took the 4-0 win.

Abraham went 2-4 with a run scored, a double, a stolen base and a walk.   Maruszak also went 2-4 with a pair of RBIs.  Mesa was actually 0-2 but scored twice and swiped two bags.  …

Read more