Author Archives: Tamar Chalker

The Farm Report: 5/1/12

Tampa beat Brevard County 3-0:
Brevard County looked like they would be the first to score, as Michael Walker singled to start the second inning.  Scott Krieger and Adam Weisenburger both walked, loading the bases with one out.  Michael O’Brien struck out the next hitter and got Nick Shaw to ground out, ending the threat.  Tampa turned around and scored first in the bottom of the inning, as Rob Segedin singled and moved to second on Kyle Roller’s groundout.  A single from Tyson Blaser plated Segedin and the Yankees had the lead.  Jose Mojica knocked a solo homer to left in the start of third, giving the Yankees a 2-0 lead.  They struck again in the fifth, when Garrison Lassiter singled to left and stole second.  He moved to third on a groundout by Mojica and scored when Eduardo Sosa drove a double to right, giving Tampa a 3-0 lead that they held to the end.  Ramon Flores and Rob Segedin both went 2-4 and were the only Yankees with more than one hit.  …

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Minor Leagues Review: April

The news is not all bad, however.  The sale of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to Mandalay was finalized and ground has been broken on PNC Field, giving hope that the Empire State Nomads will return to their own field in 2012.  Empire State has managed to put together a decent first month, despite their many hurldes.  They are 12-10 and ended April with a three game winning streak.  Players like Dewayne Wise, Steave Pearce and Kevin Russo are providing Empire State with some much needed offense.  D.J. Mitchell was pitching well, earning himself a call up to New York, though it may be brief.  Betances may have turned the page on his lengthy rough start in Triple-A when he picked up his first win since being promoted from Trenton last August.  It is still early, but there is hope for this team, particularly if Banuelos, Betances and Warren can turn themselves around and Romine returns healthy.  Those may be some big “ifs” though.…

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The Farm Report: 4/30/12

Trenton rallied to beat Portland 6-3:
The Thunder scored early, as Abraham Almonte started the game with a single to right.  He stole second and moved to third when Dan Brewer grounded out.  Almonte scored on a single from Cody Johnson, and Trenton had the first run of the game.  Portland tied the game in the fourth, when Graham Stoneburner was pulled for Michael Dubee.  Trenton responded in the top of the fifth.  Ronnier Mustelier singled to right with two outs and moved to third on a single from Johnson.  The bases loaded when Melky Mesa was hit by a pitch and Luke Murton singled Mustelier in to give Trenton a 2-1 edge.  Portland got the run back in the bottom of the inning, but the Thunder responded in the sixth.  Addison Maruszak reached on an error by the Sea Dogs’ shortstop.  Yadil Mujica singled to center and Almonte walked to load the bases.  Maruszak scored on a ground out from Mustelier and the Thunder took the lead once again.  …

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The Farm Report: April 26, 2012

Trenton lost to Erie 9-2:
Erie leapt out to a huge lead before a Thunder player even touched a bat.  Niuman Romero singled and Craig Heyer hit the next batter with a pitch.  Back-to-back walks loaded the bases and pushed in the first run of the game.  A force out gave the Thunder their second out of the inning, but allowed the second run to score.  Two doubles and a pair of singles kept the runs coming for Erie, who held a 7-0 lead after the top of the first.  Yadil Mujica singled in the third and scored on a double from Abraham Almonte, but Trenton continued to struggle to put together a rally.  Erie added runs in the eighth and ninth, but in the end Trenton was unable to put together much offense, taking a 9-2 loss.  Heyer calmed down after his horrible first inning.  He went five innings and allowed seven runs on eight hits, four walks and a hit by pitch.  …

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The Farm Report: April 25, 2012 – Andy Pettitte Edition

Andy Pettitte finished the night with five innings of work and four runs (three earned) on seven hits and a walk.  He had three strikeouts.  Andy’s fastball sat at 88mph, which is what is expected for the veteran southpaw, who threw 59 of his 81 pitches for strikes.  Mustelier went 2-3 with two runs scored, a double and a triple.  Johnson also went 2-3 with a double, a homer and all four of Trenton’s RBIs.

Empire State came from behind to beat Pawtucket 8-6:
Adam Warren struggled early, giving up a two-run homer to a hot hitting Mauro Gomez in the first inning.  Pedro Ciriaco began the bottom of the third with a solo shot and Daniel Nava doubled to left.  Will Middlebrooks drove a homer to right center, and the Red Sox held a 5-0 lead.  The Yankees fought back in the top of the fourth.  Dewayne Wise drew a walk and Steve Pearce singled to right, putting runners on the corners.  …

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The Farm Report: April 24, 2012

Trenton knocked around Erie for an 11-4 victory:
The Thunder scored early and often on Tuesday.  Abraham Almonte got things started with a leadoff single and a stolen base.  Kevin Mahoney walked and Almonte scored on a double from Ronnier Mustelier.  Mahoney scored on a groundout by Cody Johnson and Luke Murton singled in Mustelier to give Trenton a 3-0 edge.  Mustelier sent a double to left in the second, scoring two more runs and Walter Ibarra knocked a RBI triple to right in the third.  He scored on a single from Almonte and the Thunder held a 7-0 lead through just a third of the game.  Erie finally put a run on the board in the fifth, but Trenton answered with three more in the bottom of the inning.  When all was said and done, Trenton had eleven runs off sixteen hits, while Erie managed just four off eight hits.   Almonte went 3-5 with three runs scored, a double, two stolen bases and a RBI.  …

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