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.

Game 131: Yankees 8, Orioles 3

The Yankees’ bats were lackluster in the first game of the doubleheader, but they came alive in the second game, despite Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez sitting on the bench.  A pair of bombs from Curtis “I’m not a home run hitter” Granderson and a strong outing from Ivan Nova helped the Yankees get back on a winning track, as they won 8-3.

New York fell behind early as Nick Markakis doubled to left in the first inning.  He moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a sac fly form Adam Jones for a 1-0 lead.  They added another run in the second when a single by Mark Reynolds was followed by a double from Ryan Adams.

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Game 130: Yankees 0, Orioles 2

After weathering Irene in their Baltimore hotel, the Yankees opened up a doubleheader with the Orioles Sunday afternoon.  Starting pitching has been a problem for the Yankees in August, but Bartolo Colon put together a strong outing.  Unfortunately, the Yankees’ offense was still hibernating and they took a 2-0 loss to Baltimore.

The game stayed scoreless through six innings, as both Colon and Zach Britton kept the offenses guessing.  Neither team managed more than one baserunner in an inning.  Nick Markakis gave the Orioles lineup some energy, when he started the bottom of the seventh with a double to right.  Vladimir Guerrero knocked a one out single to right field, momentarily forgetting that he has slowed down a bit and getting thrown out easily at second.  Unfortunately, Markakis crossed the plate for the first run of the game, giving Baltimore a 1-0 lead.

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The Farm Report: 08/27/11 – Lots of rain and a few losses.

Believe it or not, while rain battered the east coast, some of the Yankees’ minor league affiliates managed to play some baseball today.  Scranton and Staten Island were rained out, while Trenton only managed to play one game of their doubleheader.

Trenton lost 7-4 to New Britain:
The Rock Cats scored two in the third and doubled their score in the fourth.  Trenton turned it around in the bottom of the inning, however.  Corban Joseph led off with a double to center and Austin Romine homered.  Melky Mesa singled and scored on a triple by Damon Sublett, who crossed the play on a sac fly from Jose Pirela to tie the game.   The game stayed knotted until the top of the seventh, when New Britain scored three runs to take a 7-4 win.  Romine went 1-3 with a run and two RBIs.  Nobody had more than one hit in the game.  Jeff Marquez threw six innings and gave up four runs (two earned) on five hits and a walk.

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Game 128: Athletics 9, Yankees 22

After a delayed start due to rain, the Yankees and Athletics took the field Thursday afternoon.  Phil Hughes struggled early and the Yankees found themselves with a big hole to climb out of.  A couple grand slams later, however, and the Bombers had the lead.  They didn’t slow down afterwards, continuing to take advantage of the A’s pitching and closing out the day as the first team in Major League history to hit three grand slams in one game while winning 22-9.

Jemile Weeks singled to center to start the game, before stealing second base.  Coco Crisp put down a sac bunt, moving Weeks to third.  Hideki Matsui then lofted a sac fly to plate the first run of the game.  New York evened the game in the bottom of the inning as Derek Jeter started the Yankees with a triple, scoring on a groundout by Mark Teixeira.

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The Farm Report: 08/25/11 – Ugly rehab for Marte in the GCL

Scranton beat Rochester 4-1:
The Yankees took a lead quickly, as Kevin Russo’s first inning single was followed by a homer from Jesus Montero.  Rochester scored a run in the top of the sixth to make it close, but the Yankees added insurance in the bottom of the seventh.  Chris Dickerson led off with a single and Montero went yard for the second time today as the Yankees won 4-1.   Montero was 2-3 with a pair of homers and all four Yankee RBIs.  Chris Dickerson was 3-5 with a run scored.  D.J. Mitchell threw 6.2 innings, holding the Red Wings to just one run on eight hits and a walk, while striking out six.

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Game 127: Athletics 6, Yankees 4 (10 innings)

For the second night in a row the Yankees’ stranded base runners came back to haunt them.  The Yankees and Athletics both held leads throughout the game, but it was tied at the end of nine innings.  Unfortunately, the Yankees could do little to temper Coco Crisp‘s bat, as he helped drive Oakland to a 6-4 victory in ten innings.

The Athletics got on the board quickly, as Crisp drove a solo homer to left in the first inning.  CC Sabathia settled after that, but once again the Yankees’ offense was slow to wake up.  In the bottom of the third, Brett Gardner legged out an infield single and stole second. Derek Jeter followed with a single to center and the game was tied 1-1.

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Game 126: Athletics 6, Yankees 5

The Yankees had Monday off, but apparently their bats were a little slow in getting to the Bronx as the A’s took an early lead.  The Yankees fought back, rallying their offense in the last two innings of the game.  Unfortunately, it wasn’t quite enough as New York took a 6-5 loss.

Oakland was the first to score as Brandon Allen drove a solo homer to right in the to of the second.  Eric Sogard led off the third inning with a round tripper to right for a 2-0 lead over the Yankees.

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The Farm Report: 08/23/11 – Walk-off in Scranton!

Scranton beat Rochester with a 5-4 walk-off win in the twelfth inning:
Rochester scored first, with a run in the second.  Mike Lamb singled in the bottom of the inning.  Raymond Kruml worked a walk and Greg Golson singled to center, plating Lamb to tie the game.  Rochester answered with three more runs over the third and fourth.  Golson singled in the fifth, followed by a line drive from Doug Bernier putting runners on the corners.  A wild pitch allowed Golson to score and the Yankees trailed 4-2.  With two outs in the bottom of the eighth, Jorge Vazquez doubled to center.  He moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Lamb.  Brandon Laird doubled to right and Lamb scored, tying the game 4-4.  The game remained scoreless as it headed into extra innings.  Finally, the Yankees put together a rally in the bottom of the twelfth.  Vazquez worked a walk and moved to third on a single by Lamb.   Laird followed with a single to left and Vazquez scored to give Scranton a 5-4 walk-off victory.

Lamb went 4-6 with two runs scored and a RBI.  Laird went 3-6 with a double and two RBIs.  Vazquez was 2-5 with two runs scored and a double.  The walk-off overshadowed a rather disappointing performance by Dellin Betances.  He struggled mightily with his command, going just three innings and giving up two runs on one hit and nine walks.  Scott Proctor pitched a scoreless, hitless inning of relief.

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Game 125: Yankees 3, Twins 0

The Yankees had plenty of opportunities to take an early lead, but had to wait until the later innings to get on the scoreboard.  Ivan Nova stepped up and pitched a strong game for the Yankees, while Curtis Granderson showed off his power and his speed.  In the end, the Yankees took a 3-0 win and a series victory from the Minnesota Twins.

Derek Jeter started the day with an infield single, moving to second on a passed ball.  Granderson worked a walk, but Mark Teixeira grounded into a double play and Alex Rodriguez grounded out for his first at bat since coming off the DL.

The top of the second held more of the same for the Yankees.  Robinson Cano grounded out, but Nick Swisher, Russell Martin and Brett Gardner each drew walks.  The Twins pulled Nick Blackburn off the mound and replaced him with Anthony Sarzak who got Minnesota out of trouble by striking out Eduardo Nunez and getting Jeter to fly out.  It was later reported that Blackburn had been pulled with a strained right forearm.

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