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 119: Yankees 7, Royals 4

With the Red Sox off on Monday, the Yankees started their road trip looking to get back into first place in the AL East.  The Bombers offense did its job and Russell Martin gunned down three Royals’ runners trying to steal, as the Yankees beat Kansas City 7-4.

New York drew first blood in the top of the second.  Nick Swisher got things rolling with a single to center.  Jorge Posada worked a walk and Brett Gardner singled in the first run of the game with a two-out grounder to center.  Derek Jeter lined a hit to center plating Posada to give the Yankees a 2-0 lead.  They had a chance to make it bigger, when the Bombers loaded the bases with a walk to Granderson, but when a pitch got passed the Royals’ catcher, Salvador Perez, Gardner tried to score.  Instead, Perez dove across the plate and was able to just tag out the Yankees’ speedy outfielder to end the inning and the threat.

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The Farm Report: 08/14/11 – Rainouts and raining errors for Trenton

First, a few random notes.  Word is that Dellin Betances is following Manuel Banuelos up to Scranton. Not surprisingly, Scranton and Staten Island both had their games today postponed due to the lovely weather.  GCL Yankees were scheduled off.

Trenton lost 4-2 to Harrisburg:
The Thunder scored first, when Jose Pirela reached on an error.  He moved to second on another error and crossed home when Raymond Kruml singled to center.  Harrisburg took the lead in the bottom of the inning, however.  Yadil Mujica committed an error, allowing Erik Komatsu on with no outs.  Mujica made a throwing error on the next play, allowing Komatsu to third and Derek Norris to second.  A groundout allowed the Senators to tie the game.  A wild pitch put them ahead 2-1.  Harrisburg added a couple more runs in the bottom of the second and Trenton needed to rally.  Addison Maruszak hit a ground-rule double in the top of the eighth and scored on a single by Corban Joseph, but that was all the Thunder had in them as they lost 4-2.  Maruszak went 2-3 with a run scored and a double.  Graham Stoneburner went 4.2 innings and gave up four runs (two earned) on six hits and four walks.  Pat Venditte pitched two scoreless innings and gave up just one hit while collecting two Ks.

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Game 116: Angels 5, Yankees 6

The Angels got on the board first Thursday afternoon, but the Yankees rallied.  A huge hit from Robinson Cano gave the Yankees the runs they needed as they took a series win over Los Angeles with a 6-5 victory.

Bartolo Colon and Tyler Chatwood had a pitchers’ duel going through the first half of the game, until a single by Erick Aybar in the top of the fifth was followed by a homer from Alberto Callaspo.  The 2-0 lead lasted only an inning, however, as the Yankees tied things up in the sixth.  Derek Jeter led off with a single and Curtis Granderson continued to power his way through the 2011 season, with a homer to right.

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The Farm Report: 08/11/11

Scranton dropped a close one 1-0 to Gwinnett:
A solo homer in the top of the second by Brandon Hicks was all the Gwinnett Braves needed to beat the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees on Thursday.  Lance Pendleton went five innings, giving up one run on six hits and a walk.  Andrew Brackman gave the Yankees three solid innings in relief.  He allowed no runs and just one hit while picking up two Ks.

Trenton beat Binghamton 8-5:
Trenton scored first, as Jose Pirela doubled  and scored on a wild pitch.  Binghamton turned around and scored three runs in the top of the second, but the Thunder got one back in the bottom of the inning to make it 3-2.  The Mets added a couple more in the fourth, but once again Trenton answered.  Robert Lyerly and Melky Mesa started the bottom of the inning with back-to-back singles.  Lyerly scored on a groundout and Mesa scored on a single by Yadil Mujica to make the score 5-4.  The Thunder regained the lead in the seventh.  Pirela singled and moved to second on a ground ball by Lyerly.  Zoilo Almonte doubled to right, plating both runners for a 6-4 lead.  Trenton got some insurance in the eighth, as Austin Krum knocked a two-run homer for an 8-5 victory.    Lyerly went 3-5 with two runs scored.  Pirela went 2-4 with two runs scored and a double.

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Game 115: Angels 3, Yankees 9

The Yankees gave Garrett Richards a rude welcome to Major League Baseball as they pummeled him early.  Ivan Nova gave the Yankees another solid start and Curtis Granderson and Robinson Cano provided plenty of offense as the Yankees beat the Halos 9-3.

Richards started the game by issuing walks to Brett Gardner and Derek Jeter. Granderson followed with a three-run homer that bounced off the top of the wall before landing in the bullpen. Cano doubled, but Richards seemed to calm down and escaped the inning without more damage.

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Game 114: Angels 6, Yankees 4

The Yankees returned to the Bronx, hoping to forget their last couple games up in Boston.  Welcoming the Angels to the Stadium, the Bombers got an early lead but were unable to hold it.  After tying the score late in the game, New York couldn’t pull off a win, as Mariano Rivera allowed a game-winning homer for the Halos in the ninth, giving the Yankees a 6-4 loss.

Curtis Granderson hit a solo homer in the first, giving the Yankees a quick lead.  The lead held through the first five innings, as A.J. Burnett worked his way out of trouble in the second and fifth.

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

Scranton beat Gwinnett 4-3 in the first game of a doubleheader:
Gwinett drew first blood, scoring a run in the top of the first inning. Scranton responded in the bottom of the inning when Kevin Russo singled and Jesus Montero homered to give the Yankees a 2-1 lead.  The Braves tied the game in the top of the second, but Doug Bernier tripled to start the third and scored on a groundout by Russo.  Once again, Gwinett tied the game and it stayed knotted through the seventh.  Dan Brewer singled in the eighth and moved to second on a wild pitch.  Montero was walked intentionally and picked off at first.  Another wild pitch put Brewer on third and he scored on yet another errant pitch, giving the Yankees a 4-3 walk-0ff victory.  Brewer went 2-4 with a run scored.  Adam Warren went six innings and gave up three runs on seven hits, two walks and three strikeouts.

Scranton is in the middle of their second game as I write this.

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

The Yankees and Red Sox had split the first two games of the latest rendition of the Rivalry as they entered Sunday night’s rubber match.  It was a classic back-and-forth battle that lasted into the wee hours of the morning.  Unfortunately, the Yankees drew the short straw as Mariano Rivera blew the save and Phil Hughes was unable to hold off Boston in an impromptu bullpen appearance.  In the end, the Yankees took a 3-2 loss in the tenth inning and fell a game behind Boston in the AL East.

Freddy Garcia gave the Yankees a decent outing, but he struggled in the second inning.  Garcia walked Kevin Youkilis to start the inning and gave up a single to David Ortiz.  Carl Crawford loaded the bases with a single to first.  Garcia got Josh Reddick to strike out and Jason Varitek popped out to short, but a single from Marco Scutaro gave the Red Sox a 1-0 lead.

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

Scranton dropped their first game of a double header 5-4 in the eighth:
Louisville scored first with a run to start the game, but Scranton responded in the bottom of the inning when Jorge Vazquez doubled in Jesus Montero.  Louisville regained the lead in the third, but Scranton tied things again in the fifth, this time on a double by Chris Dickerson.  Brandon Laird hit a two-run homer in the sixth for the Yankees’ first lead of the evening, but Louisville returned the favor in the top of the seven to send it to extra innings.  Kevin Whelan couldn’t keep the game going, giving up a game-winning double to Kristopher Negron, as the Yankees took a 5-4 loss.   Dickerson went 2-4 with a double.  Laird was 1-4 with a run scored, a homer and two RBIs.  Manuel Banuelos took his turn on the mound, lasting six innings and giving up just two runs (one earned) on seven hits, no walks and five Ks.

Scranton got revenge in Game 2, winning 4-3:
Louisville scored first on a two-run homer by Denis Phipps.  They added another run in the fifth to take a 3-0 lead, but the Yankees broke out in the bottom of the inning.  Jordan Parraz doubled to center to leadoff, and Gustavo molina singled to right.  Dan Brewer line a double to right, scoring Parraz for the Yankees’ first run of the game.  Doug Bernier single to right, plating two more runs and the Yankees had tied the Bats 3-3.  Bernier started the bottom of the seventh with a walk and moved to second on a sac bunt.  Dickerson followed with a single to put runners on the corners and Mike Lamb hit a sharp fly to right for a walk-off win for Scranton.   Lamb went 2-4 with a double and a RBI.  Parraz went 2-3 with a run scored and a double.  Bernier was 2-2 with a run scored and two RBIs.

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