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’ offense finally got moving in the top of the third.  Eric Chavez singled to center and Brett Gardner worked a walk as Curtis Granderson drove a homer over the wall in right for the first Yankee lead of the day.  J.J. Hardy doubled to left in the bottom of the inning and scored on a sac fly from Adam Jones, tying the game at 3-3.

The game stayed tied until the sixth, when the Bombers showed off their power.  Mark Teixeira singled and Robinson Cano followed with a homer to left, putting the Yankees out in front again.  Nick Swisher then drove a homer to left, as the back-to-back bombs chased Brian Matusz from the game.  That did little to quiet New York, however, as Andruw Jones greeted Chris Jakubauskas with the Yankees’ third straight home run for a 7-3 lead.  Granderson added another solo shot in the top of the seventh and New York took an 8-3 win.… Click here to read the rest

Game 130: Yankees 0, Orioles 2

Mark Reynolds led off the bottom of the eighth with a single that dropped into short center field.  Ryan Adams lined a single and Nolan Reimold grounded into a force out for the first out of the inning.  Colon struck out Robert Andino, but J.J. Hardy singled to left, plating another run and giving the Orioles a 2-0 victory.

Bronx Cheers:
The Offense: Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson and Alex Rodriguez all went 0-4.  Robinson Cano went 0-3 with two strikeouts.  The team managed five hits and none of them were for extra bases.

Curtain Calls:
Bartolo Colon: The Yankees really needed a strong outing from a starter, and Colon gave it to them.  He went 7.2 innings and gave up just two runs on seven hits.  He didn’t walk anyone and struck out four.

Mark Teixeira: Teix was the only one who really was hitting.  He went 3-4.… Click here to read the rest

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

Tampa lost 6-5 to Brevard County:
Tampa scored first when Abraham Almonte knocked a leadoff homer in the first.  Brevard County put two on the board in the top of the second to take a lead.  Rob Segedin started the bottom of the second with a ground-rule double, scoring on a sac fly form Kelvin Castro to tie the score.  Brevard County broke the tie in the sixth and took a 6-2 lead as the game headed into the final inning.  Tampa managed a rally, as Kyle Roller started with a walk and Segedin singled to right.  Neil Medchill walked to load the bases and Cody Johnson grounded into a force out at the plate.  Castro singled to center, scoring two runs and Walter Ibarra plated Johnson on a single.  Unfortunately, the Yankees rally ran out, as they took a 6-5 loss. Ibarra was 2-4 with a double and a RBI.  Segedin was 2-4 with two runs scored and a double.  … Click here to read the rest

Game 128: Athletics 9, Yankees 22

David DeJesus tripled with one out in the top of the second.  He scored on a double by Cliff Pennington to give the A’s a 2-1 lead.  It was the third inning, however, where Hughes really fell apart.  Weeks singled to center and Matsui lined a single to left.  Josh Willingham singled in Weeks and DeJesus singled in Matsui.  Girardi pulled Hughes and called on Cory Wade who gave up a three run homer on his first pitch, giving Oakland a 7-1 lead.

Russell Martin hit a solo homer in the bottom of the fourth, but it was the bottom of the fifth that got the Yankees back in the game.  Jeter started the inning with a single and Curtis Granderson worked a walk.  Alex Rodriguez singled to left, loading as Robinson Cano sent the second pitch he saw into the seats in right, putting the Yankees down by just one.  The Bombers had the chance to take the lead, as Nick Swisher drove a double to right and Martin worked  a walk.  … Click here to read the rest

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

Trenton lost 11-8 to New Britain:
The Thunder drew first blood as Zoilo Almonte doubled to start the second.  Melky Mesa walked and Jose Pirela loaded the bases with a single.  Jose Gil followed with a sac fly, as did Addison Maruszak giving Trenton a 2-0 lead.  It was short lived, however, as New Britain came back and scored five runs in the fourth.  After six innings, the Rock Cats led 9-2.  The Thunder rallied in the eighth.  Corban Joseph got things started with a single to center. Austin Romine singled to third and Robert Lyerly reached on an error.  Almonte reached on an error as well, as two runs scored.  Mesa doubled, plating another run.  Gil singled, scoring Almonte and Mesa, before scoring on a RBI single by Joseph.  At the end of the eighth, the Thunder trailed 9-8, but that was all they could get as the Rock Cats scored two more runs and took an 11-8 win.   Joseph ended the day going 3-5 with a run scored and a RBI.  … Click here to read the rest

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

Jemile Weeks knocked a double over Curtis Granderson‘s head to start the sixth.  He tried to turn it into a triple, but Granderson fielded the ball off the bottom of the wall and hit Robinson Cano who threw a laser to third to beat the sliding Weeks for an out.  Crisp followed with a single, but Hideki Matsui grounded the ball back to Mark Teixeira who started the inning ending double-play.   Nick Swisher turned around and hit a solo homer for the first New York lead in the bottom of the inning, as the Yankees took over 2-1.

The Bombers had a chance to add some insurance in the bottom of the seventh  Eduardo Nunez doubled to left and Francisco Cervelli laid down a nice bunt for a single, putting runners on the corners.  Unfortunately, no one could bring Nunez in, as Gardner popped out, Jeter lined out and Granderson flew out.

Sabathia came back out for the top of the eighth and gave up a leadoff single to Kurt Suzuki.  … Click here to read the rest

Game 126: Athletics 6, Yankees 5

The Pinstripes had a chance to get on the board in the bottom of the third.  Russell Martin led off with a walk.  Derek Jeter drove a line drive to center, giving the Yankees two runners with one out, but they were unable to score.  In the bottom of the fifth Jorge Posada doubled.  Jeter worked a walk with two outs, but Curtis Granderson struck out, ending another Yankee threat.

Coco Crisp doubled to center to start the sixth.  He moved to third on a long fly ball from Hideki Matsui and scored on a sac fly by Josh Willingham, giving Oakland a 3-0 lead.

The A’s didn’t let up in the seventh.  Cliff Pennington singled to center and Kurt Suzuki followed with a double.  Bartolo Colon’s night was finished and Boone Logan took over.  Scott Sizemore lined a double to right, plating two more runs.  Hector Noesi gave up another solo homer to Allen in the eighth, putting the Yankees in a 6-0 hole.… Click here to read the rest

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

Trenton lost 9-1 to New Hampshire:
The Fisher Cats scored quickly, as Anthony Gose reached on a fielding error by Jose Pirela before stealing his 60th base of the season.  He moved to third on a groundout and scored on a single by Travis d’Arnaud.  New Hampshire added four more runs in the bottom of the fourth and their lead was 7-0 as Trenton headed to bat in the top of the seventh.  Zoilo Almonte doubed to center and Melky Mesa followed with a single.  A sac fly by Damon Sublett scored the lone Thunder run, as they took a 9-1 loss.   Almonte went 2-4 with a run scored and a double.  Mesa went 2-4 as well.  Craig Heyer went 5.2 innings and gave up seven runs (six earned) on eight hits and two walks.

Tampa was rained out.

Charleston lost Game 1 of their doubleheader against Greenville 5-2:
The RiverDogs scored first, rallying in the bottomof the fourth.  Michael Ferraro reached on a fielding error and Anderson Feliz followed with a homer, giving Charleston an early lead.  … Click here to read the rest

Game 125: Yankees 3, Twins 0

The game stayed scoreless, and the Yankees had another opporunity in the the fifth inning.  Nunez singled to left and stole second.  Jeter worked a walk and Teixeira walked as the bases were juiced for Rodriguez, who popped out to first to end the New York threat.

Nova had been very strong through the early innings, but finally got into a little trouble in the bottom of the fifth.  Jim Thome singled to center and Danny Valencia put a fly ball in the outfield to give the Twins runners on second and third.  Nova battled back, however, striking out Rene Tosoni and Matt Tolbert before getting Drew Butera to ground out to first and keep the game scoreless.

In the top of the sixth, Cano doubled to left.  A fly ball from Swisher moved the Yankees’ second baseman to third and Martin knocked a sac fly to center, giving the Yankees the first run of the game and a 1-0 lead.  … Click here to read the rest