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.

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Game 115: Angels 3, Yankees 9

Richards had a decent second and third, but got into some trouble in the fourth.  Cano led off with a triple and Nick Swisher singled him in.  Eric Chavez lined a double to center, plating another Yankee run for a 5-0 lead.

Ivan Nova looked strong for the Yankees, but he gave up a run in the fifth, when Peter Bourjos went yard for the Angels’ first run of the game.  Granderson got it back in the bottom of the inning, however, as he hit a solo shot for his second round tripper of the evening.

Swisher started the bottom of the sixth with a double to center and moved to third on a groundout from Chavez.  Russell Martin singled and the Yankeees took a 7-1 lead.

Nova pitched well, but struggled in the seventh.  He gave up a leadoff walk to Torii Hunter and Mark Trumbo singled to left.  Vernon Wells drove a single to center, plating Hunter and Alberto Callaspo walked to load the bases. …

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Game 114: Angels 6, Yankees 4

Burnett lost it in the sixth, however.  Bobby Abreu led off with a solo homer.  Mark Trumbo worked a walk and moved to second on a fly out by Vernon Wells.  Burnett intentionally walked Maicer Izturis and Peter Bourjos drew a walk, loading the bases.  Jeff Mathis followed with a ground-rule double to left-center, plating two more runs and giving Los Angeles a 4-1 edge.

The Bombers rallied in the bottom of the seventh with two outs.  Russell Martin doubled to left and scored on a single by Eduardo Nunez.  Brett Gardner singled to left and Derek Jeter plated a couple runs on a line drive to center.  Granderson struck out, ending the inning, but the Yankees had tied the game up 4-4.

Rivera came in for the ninth, despite the game being tied.  He gave up a single to Alberto Callaspo.  Erick Aybar bunted the ball back to Rivera, who got the lead runner.  He got Howard Kendrick to ground out before giving up a two-run homer to Abreu.…

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The Farm Report: 08/09/11 – Wild pitches and delayed games

Trenton dropped a 6-5 game to Binghamton:
Binghamton leapt out to a quick lead, scoring three in the first inning.  The Thunder finally broke through in the fifth when Jose Gil was hit by a pitch.  He moved to second on a wild pitch and got to third on a fly out.  He scored when Austin Krum grounded out, making the score 3-1.  Binghamton added two more runs to their score in the top of the sixth and another in the seventh, leaving Trenton with a 6-1 deficit to make up in the final innings.  They finally rallied in the eighth.  Jose Pirela and Corban Joseph hit back-to-back singles, which was followed by a homer from Robert Lyerly.  With one last chance in the ninth, Damon Sublett got Trenton started with a triple, scoring on a wild pitch.  Unfortunately, the Thunder was unable to push another run across the plate, losing 6-5.  Lyerly had the big hit for the Thunder.  No one had more than one hit, while Krum went 0-5.  …

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Game 113: Yankees 2, Red Sox 3 (10 Innings)

The Yankees’ offense was slow early, as Josh Beckett gave them few opportunities.  With one out in the fifth, Russell Martin lined a single down the right field line.  Martin tried to stretch it to a double and was easily thrown out, a decision that would come back to haunt the Yankees.  Eduardo Nunez followed with a solo homer to left and the Yankees had tied the game 1-1.

In the top of the seventh, a solo homer from Brett Gardner gave the Yankees their first lead of the evening.  Derek Jeter was then hit by a pitch and Franklin Morales relieved Boston reliever Matt Albers.  Morales kept checking Jeter at first, who complained about the pitcher’s move being a balk.  This seemed to shake the Boston hurler, as he proceeded to walk Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira, giving the Yankees a chance to break the game open.  Instead, Robinson Cano grounded out, ending the threat.  Still, the Bombers had pulled ahead 2-1.…

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The Farm Report: 08/07/11 – A couple walk-off wins

Trenton dropped a 3-2 decision to Altoona:
The Curve drew first blood, getting two runs in the third.  Trenton responded in the top fo the sixth.  Jose Pirela singled to right and scored on a double by Robert Lyerly.  An error on a ball hit by Melky Mesa allowed Lyerly to score and the Thunder was tied 2-2.  Unfortunately, Altoona used a solo homer by Greg Picart to break the tie and take the 3-2 win.   Trenton only picked up three hits all game, with Pirela, Corban Joseph and Lyerly each getting one.  Dellin Betances went five innings, gave up two runs on six hits, a walk and six strikeouts.

Tampa beat Dunedin 8-7 with a walk-off:
Dunedin scored a run to start the game, but the Yankees answered in the bottom of the first.  The Blue Jays then took a lead, picking up two runs in the second and four in the third to take a 7-1 lead.  The Yankees put together a rally in the bottom of the third, as Abraham Almonte tripled and Kyle ROller, Luke Murton and Deangelo Mack singled to cut the lead to 7-3.  …

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The Farm Report: 08/06/11 – Scranton rained out but wins for everyone else

Tampa beat Dunedin 8-4:
Dunedin took a 1-0 lead in hte second, but Tampa broke through in the fourth.  Kyle Roller had a RBI double and Neil Medchill hit a three run homer to put the Yankees in front 4-1.  The Blue Jays made it close in the top of the fifth, starting the inning with three straight singles and making it 4-3.  Abraham Almonte tripled to lead off the bottom of the inning and scored on a double by Roller.  A single by Kelvin Castro plated another run.  Tampa added runs in the sixth and seventh and took an 8-4 win over Dunedin.   Deangelo Mack went 3-4 with a run scored, a double and a RBI.  Roller went 2-4 with two runs scored, a pair of doubles and two RBIs.

Charleston held off Savannah for a 6-5 win:
The Sand Gnats drew first blood, scoring two runs in the top of the third.  The RiverDogs got a run back when Jose Toussen singled to right.  …

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The Farm Report: 08/04/11 – Can I get a win? Anyone?

Trenton lost to Akron 7-4:
The game was scoreless until Akron broke through in the fourth.  Juan Diaz singled to center and Chun Chen homered to give the Aeros a 2-0 lead.  The Thunder fell behind even more in the sixth, when Akron added four more runs to the board.  Zoilo Almonte worked a walk and Robert Lyerly was safe after an error by the Aeros’ shortstop.  Melky Mesa loaded the bases with a walk and two runs scored on Damon Sublett’s double to center.  Still, the Thunder trailed 6-2.  Trenton was able to muster a run in the seventh and in the eighth, but that was not enough as they fell 7-4.  Austin Krum went 4-5 with a run scored.  Almonte went 2-4 with a run scored and a RBI.  Shaffer Hall lasted just 5.2 innings and gave up five runs (four earned) on seven hits.  Pat Venditte threw a scoreless, hitless inning of relief, picking up a couple strikeouts.…

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Game 109: Yankees 18, White Sox 7

Despite a comfortable lead, A.J. Burnett did not look sharp in the first inning.  Juan Pierre led off with a ground-rule double down the right field line.  Omar Vizquel dropped a bunt, which Eric Chavez fielded as it rolled down the line.  Carlos Quentin drove a sac fly to left and the White Sox were on the board.

With two outs in the second, Gardner was hit by a pitch and Jeter singled to right.  Granderson then drove a triple to right and the Yankees had two more runs, but it was the third inning that gave the Yankees plenty of breathing room.

Nick Swisher started with a single and Eric Chavez hit his first homer in pinstripes.  Jorge Posada followed with a double and Russell Martin worked a walk.  Gardner hit an infield single, loading the bases.  Jeter knocked a single to center and two runs crossed home.  A triple from Teixeira cleared the bases and he scored on a single from Cano, as the Yankees added seven runs for a 13-1 lead.…

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Game 108: Yankees 6, White Sox 0

Russell Martin added another run for the Yankees in the second, driving a solo homer into the outfield seats.  Jeter got the Bombers going in the third, lining a double to left. Teixeira then got all of a John Danks’ fastball for a two-run shot and a 4-0 lead for New York.

In the top of the seventh, Teixeira hit another homer.  Cano worked a walk and stole second before Nick Swisher walked.  Andruw Jones singled, bringing Cano home and the Yankees held a 6-0 lead heading into the bottom of the inning.  Unfortunately, the weather interfered again and there was another delay – this one with actual rain!   Eventually, they called the game, and the Yankees took another win over Chicago.

Bronx Cheers:
Brett Gardner: Gardy was the only Yankee to go hitless.  He went 0-3 with a strikeout and a runner left on base.

Andruw Jones: Jones went 1-4 with an RBI but struck out three times.

Curtain Calls:
Mark Teixeira: Teixeira had a big game at the plate. …

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