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: 5/16/12

Trenton lost to Binghamton 1-0:
Despite having two baserunners on in each of the first three innings, Trenton could not come through with a run.  Binghamton failed to take advantage of a triple by Juan Lagares in the second and the game entered the ninth scoreless.  Luke Murton drew a walk, but the Thunder failed to bring a base runner home yet again.  Binghamton got a big start to the bottom of the ninth with a double by Matt Den Dekker.  Josh Rodriguez singled, putting runners on the corners with no outs.  A walk loaded the bases and Jefry Marte hit a single to right, plating Dekker and giving the Mets the first and only run of the game.  Luke Murton went 2-3 with a walk.  No other Thunder player had more than one hit and none had extra base hits.  Brett Marshall made the start for Trenton, throwing seven strong innings.  He allowed just two hits and one walk, holding Binghamton scoreless and striking out two.  …

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The Farm Report: 5/15/12

Trenton beat up on Binghamton 10-1:
Jose Gil doubled to start the third and scored on a ground out from Abraham Almonte.  Kevin Mahoney doubled to left in the fifth and moved to second on an out by Dan Brewer.  He scored on Gil’s sac fly, giving the Thunder a 2-0 lead.  Trenton’s bats blew the game open in the eighth.  Almonte started with a single and Corban Joseph followed with a homer to right.  David Adams lined a single to left and Luke Murton followed with a homer.  Melky Mesa and Kevin Mahoney singled before Brewer’s pop out gave the Thunder their first out of the inning.  Gil then doubled, plating Mesa.  Yadil Mujica doubled to right, plating two more runs.  Corban Joseph got his third RBI of the inning when he singled in Mujica, giving Trenton eight runs in the inning and a 10-0 lead.  Binghamton got one run back in the bottom of the inning, but that was it, as Trenton took a 10-1 victory.  …

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The Farm Report: 5/14/12

Trenton was off today.

Tampa lost to Lakeland 7-3:
The Yankees drew first blood, as Kyle Higashioka doubled to right in the second and scored on a single from Neil Medchill.  Lakeland tied the game in the top of the fifth and put together a big rally in the sixth.  With Sean Black replacing Matt Tracy on the mound, the Flying Tigers found their bats.  Luis Castillo started with a single and scored a walk and a single later.  Another walk, single, double and a triple and Lakeland plated six runs.  Tampa responded in the bottom of the sixth, as Rob Segedin singled to left and Kyle Roller followed with a RBI double.  Higashioka lined a single to center and the score was 7-3.  The Yankees were unable to put together another rally, taking the loss.  Segedin, Higashioka and Ramon Flores each went 2-4.  Segedin and Higashioka each scored a run and had a double.  Matt Tracy went five innings and gave up one run (unearned) on three hits and a walk.  …

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The Farm Report: 5/13/12 (Updated)

Trenton beat Portland 7-4:
Melky Mesa started the bottom of the second with a single to third.  He stole second and Kevin Mahoney homered, giving the Thunder a 2-0 lead.  Portland scored in the top of the third, but Trenton got the run back in the bottom of the inning.  Abraham Almonte drew a walk and stole second, moving to third on Corban Joseph’s ground out.  David Adams walked and Cody Johnson singled.  Mesa singled to short, bringing Almonte home and giving the Thunder a 3-1 lead.  Trenton put together a nice rally in the sixth.  Addison Maruszak walked and Almonte followed with a homer to right.  Joseph walked and Johnson knocked a homer to right center, giving them a comfortable 7-1 edge over the Sea Dogs.  Portland tried to get back into the game in the last couple innings, scoring two runs in the eighth and another in the ninth, but it was not enough as Trenton held on to win 7-4.  …

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The Farm Report: 5/10/12 Everybody’s A Winner!

Trenton blanked Portland 7-0:
Corban Joseph got the Thunder started with a single to center.  Luke Murton singled to right and Cody Johnson drew a walk to load the bases.  Melky Mesa singled in Joseph and Murton.  Dan Brewer plated Johnson with a single, giving Trenton a 3-0 lead.  Addison Maruszak singled and Abraham Almonte drew a walk to start the second.  Almonte was out on a force out from Murton, and Johnson followed with a two-run triple.  Kevin Mahoney doubled in the fifth and scored on a Brewer single.  Jose Gil hit into a force out, but scored on a double from Maruszak, giving Trenton a 7-0 lead they would hold onto through the remainder of the game.

Murton was 2-5 with two runs scored and a double.  Maruszak was 3-4 with a run scored, a double and a RBI.  Brewer went 2-4 with two RBIs.  Brett Marshall had a very strong start for Trenton, going six innings and allowing just two hits and a walk. …

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The Farm Report: 5/9/12 – Betances has best start yet

Trenton lost to Reading 5-1:
The Thunder allowed Reading’s first batter of the game to reach, as Corban Joseph committed a fielding error.  Darin Ruf then drove a two-run homer to left and the Phillies had a 2-0 lead.  Trenton threatened in the third, as Addison Maruszak singled and Abraham Almonte grounded into a force out at second.  Almonte stole second and third, but the Thunder couldn’t bring him home.  Reading doubled their score with two more runs in the third and added another run for good measure in the fifth.  Trenton finally got a run on Melky Mesa’s solo homer in the top of the ninth, but that was all they got, as they took the 5-1 loss.  Mesa was the only Trenton player with multiple hits, going 4-2 with a homer.  Shaeffer Hall went seven innings, allowing five runs (three earned) on five hits and a walk. 

Tampa lost to Jupiter 4-3:
Christian Yelich had a solo homer for Jupiter in the bottom of the first, giving the Hammerheads the first run of the game. …

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The Farm Report: 5/8/12

Empire State beat Columbus 4-3 in Game 2:
The Clippers got the game started with a single from Cord Phelps and a RBI double by Chad Huffman.  Matt LaPorta doubled in Huffman and Columbus held a 2-0 lead.  Kevin Russo singled for the Yankees and stole second. He scored on a single from Jack Cust.  With two outs in the second, Raymond Kruml singled to center and stole second.  Russo doubled him in, tying the game.  Cust doubled in the third and Ronnier Mustelier continued his hot hitting, driving a homer to left for a 4-2 lead.  Columbus got back one run, but that was all they could manage as the Yankees held on for a 4-3 victory and a doubleheader split.  Russo went 3-3 with a run scored, two doubles and a RBI.  Cust went 2-3 with a run scored, a double and a RBI.  Adam Warren went 4.2 innings and allowed three runs on eleven hits.  He did not walk anyone and struck out four.…

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The Farm Report: 5/7/12

Segedin went 3-4 with a run scored and a double.  Lassiter went 2-4 with a pair of runs scored and a double.  Sean Black had a terrible start, lasting just 2.2 innings and giving up six runs (five earned) on eight hits and a walk.

Charleston beat Delmarva 5-4 in a walk-off victory:
The RiverDogs had a tough task at hand as they faced Dylan Bundy, one of the Orioles’ top prospects, who had yet to give up a run in his professional career.  In fact, it was April 30th when he gave up his first hit of the season, as South Atlantic League hitters were 0-39 against the young hurler.  The game was scoreless in the bottom of the third when Mason Williams struck out for what should have been the third out of the inning.  Instead, the first run scored against Bundy came in a way you would expect to see in a first year Little League team.  Williams found himself safe at first after the wild pitch, and scored as a throwing error from outfielder Glynn Davis was followed by another throwing error by the Shorebirds’ catcher, giving the RiverDogs a 1-0 lead. …

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The Farm Report: 5/6/12 – Pettitte has rough start for Empire State

Pettitte went five innings and gave up five runs (three earned) on eight hits and two walks.  He struck out five.  Andy threw 92 pitches and 59 of them were strikes.  Mujica went 3-4 with a run scored and a double.  Pearce was 1-4 with two runs scored.

Trenton beat New Hampshire 4-3 in eleven innings:
New Hampshire drew first blood, scoring a run in the top of the first.  They added another in the third and had a 3-0 lead by the sixth.  Trenton finally got their bats going as Abraham Almonte and Corban Joseph started the bottom of the inning with back-to-back singles.  Almonte scored on a ground ball from Cody Johnson, giving the Thunder their first run of the game.  Jose Gil started the seventh with a single to left and Addison Maruszak singled to center.  Gil scored on a grounder from Almonte and Trenton trailed 3-2.  A solo homer in the ninth by Kevin Mahoney tied the game and the Thunder and Fisher Cats were headed for extra innings. …

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