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

A.J. Burnett looked alright through the first four innings, getting out of a couple tough spots, but he ran out of luck in the fifth.  Mike Moustakas, Alcides Escobar and Alex Gordon each grounded singles to right field to load the bases.  Burnett then walked Melky Cabrera, giving Kansas City their first run of the game.  Billy Butler then lined a single to right, plating two more runs and giving the Royals a 3-2 edge.

The Bombers wasted little time in getting back in front.  Posada hit a one out single in the top of the sixth and Russell Martin lined one to right to put runners on the corners.  Gardner followed with a single, tying the game.  Jeter then drove a triple to right to give the lead back to New York, 5-3.

Robinson Cano led off the seventh with a line drive to left and scored on a single by Andruw Jones, pinch hitting for Posada. … Click here to read the rest

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

Tampa lost 7-5 to Dunedin:
Kyle Roller hit a two-run homer to put Tampa on the board in the top of the first.  The Blue Jays got one run back in the bottom of the inning, but the Yankees added to their lead in the third.  Roller walked and moved to third on a single by Cody Johnson.  Kelvin Castro lined a single to right, plating one run.  Johnson scored on a sac fly by Neil Medchill, putting Tampa up 4-1.  Each team added a run in the fourth, but the Blue Jays put together a five run fifth, giving them a 7-5 victory.   Abraham Almonte went 2-4 with a run scored and a triple.  Roller was 2-4 with two runs scored, a homer and three RBIs.

Charleston beat Hickory 4-1:
With two outs in the bottom of the second, Eduardo Sosa doubled to left, scoring on a single by Jose Mojica to give the RiverDogs the first run of the game.  … Click here to read the rest

Game 116: Angels 5, Yankees 6

The Bombers rallied in the seventh to take the lead.  Francisco Cervelli started the inning with a walk and moved to second on a sac bunt from Brett Gardner.  Jeter walked and with two outs Mark Teixeira should have ended the inning with a grounder to second.  Instead, Maicer Izturis booted the easy play and the Yankees had the bases loaded for Cano.  The Yankees’ second baseman didn’t let the opportunity pass, as he parked the ball in the stands for a grand slam and a 6-2 Yankee lead.

Cory Wade came in for the ninth inning and gave up a single to Izturis.  Peter Bourjos doubled to left and Girardi called for Mariano Rivera, who continued his recently streak of bad outings.  He gave up a three-run homer to Russell Branyan on his first pitch, bringing the Halos within one.  Rivera then got Aybar to ground out and Callaspo to fly out, ending the game with a 6-5 Yankee victory.… Click here to read the rest

The Farm Report: 08/11/11

Tampa blanked Clearwater 4-0:
Deangelo Mack worked a leadoff walk in the second and scored on a single by Emerson Landoni.  Kyle Roller started the sixth with a walk and moved to third on a line drive by Luke Murton, who was thrown out at second.  Mack singled, scoring Roller.  Mack stole second and crossed the plate on a single from Neil Medchill for a 3-0 lead.  It was more than enough, but Tampa added another run in the seventh.  Murton went 2-4 with a RBI.  Landoni went 2-3 with a run scored and a RBI.  Brett Marshall threw five innings and gave up just one hit and two walks.

Charleston lost 4-0 to West Virginia:
The game was scoreless through the first three innings, but West Virginia broke out in the bottom of the fourth with three runs.  They added another in the sixth, while the RiverDogs struggled to string hits together.  Kelvin De Leon was the only Charleston player to have more than one hit, going 2-3.… Click here to read the rest

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. … Click here to read the rest

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.… Click here to read the rest

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.  … Click here to read the rest

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.… Click here to read the rest

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.  … Click here to read the rest