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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The Farm Report: 7/19/11 – Nova goes down, Chavez and Soriano work their way back.

Trenton beat Erie 9-2:
Erie got on the board first, scoring a run in the top of the second.  Trenton came storming back in the bottom of the inning, as the Robert Lyerly doubled and Melky Mesa followed with a single.  Zoilo Almonte hit a RBI double and Jose Pirela hit a sac fly to right.  An RBI Addison Maruszak singled in Almonte and the Thunder held a 3-1 edge.  Erie added another run in the sixth, making the game close, but the Thunder use two three-run innings to take a commanding 9-2 victory from the SeaWolves.  Lyerly, Mesa and Almonte each went 3-5, with Lyerly picking up two runs scored and two doubles.  Shaeffer Hall threw eight innings for Trenton, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out six.  Pat Venditte also had a scoreless, hitless inning of relief.

Tampa got knocked around by Jupiter, 11-0:
The Tampa Yankees scraped together three hits, while Jupiter scored eleven runs on fourteen hits.   …

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Game 93: Yankees 5, Rays 4

The New York lead did not last long, as Burnett struggled to find his rhythm early in the game.  Johnny Damon led off with a walk and Ben Zobrist followed by lining a single to right.  Evan Longoria doubled to center, plating two runs and giving Tampa Bay the lead.  Casey Kotchman singled to center, putting runners on the corners.  B.J. Upton grounded the ball to first and Teixeira started a double play for the first Rays’ outs of the game.  Rodriguez tapped a ball back towards Burnett, who fielded it before making an awkward and unsuccessful throw to first, allowing Longoria to score for a 3-1 Rays lead.

Burnett did not look much better in the second, giving up a double to Robinson Chirinos.  He came back and struck out Elliot Johnson and Damon before walking Zobrist and Longoria to load the bases.  Kotchman singled to short, plating another run and giving Tampa a 4-1 edge.

Brett Gardner started the fifth with a walk and stole second. …

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Game 89: Yankees 7, Blue Jays 16

The Blue Jays added another run in the bottom of the second.  Lind leadoff with a double to left.  Encarnacion drove a liner to right for an RBI single, giving Toronto a 9-0 lead.

The Pinstripes finally found their bats in the top of the third.  Andruw Jones drove a solo homer to left center, giving the Yankees a quick run.  Brett Gardner singled to short and Derek Jeter worked a walk.  Curtis Granderson the tripled, as Eric Thames struggled to make the play on his line drive to right.  Mark Teixeira grounded out, but Granderson crossed the plate and the Yankees were down 9-4.

The Bombers continued to claw their way back in the sixth.  Nick Swisher, who was robbed earlier in the game, leadoff with a single.  Russell Martin lined a single to left and Jones hit his second homer of the game, making it a 9-7 game in Toronto’s favor.

Toronto got a couple runs back, when Hector Noesi gave up a couple singles in the bottom of the inning. …

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Prospect Profile: D.J. Mitchell

Mitchell started his professional career in Charleston, going 4-1 over 37 innings for the RiverDogs.  He had a 1.95 ERA, allowing just six walks and striking out 42.  This earned his a quick promotion to Tampa, where he continued to impress.  He rounded out the 2009 season going 8-6 over 103.1 innings in Tampa, with a 2.87 ERA.  His walks went up, allowing 38 free passes, but Mitchell continued to tally up the Ks, striking out 93.

After some smooth sailing, Mitchell finally had a few bumps in his road to the majors last season.  Starting the year in Trenton, Mitchell struggled with his mechanics, issuing a career high 45 walks before the All-Star Break.  Mitchell seemed to get things under control after the break, allowing just nineteen walks the rest of the season.  Despite his 4.06 ERA and early control problems, Mitchell earned another promotion, ending the 2010 season in Scranton.  He went 2-0 over 17.2 innings with a 3.57 ERA and a 2.58 FIP.…

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The Farm Report: 7/13/11

Charleston drops another to Greensboro 11-6:
The Grasshoppers had an 11-2 lead before Charleston scored four runs in the seventh.  Unfortunately, the RiverDogs were unable to add to that score as Greensboro took another win over Charleston.   Eduardo Sosa had a hot bat, going 4-5, but he did not score or drive in a run.  Garrison Lassiter and Jose Mojica each went 2-4.  Meanwhile, Scottie Allen continued to get pummeled, giving up seven runs on ten hits over just four innings.

Staten Island beat State College 9-2:
The Yankees scored early and often on Wednesday.  Mason Williams led off with a single and scored on a groundout by Zachary Wilson.  Casey Stevenson took advantage of an error and a passed ball, giving Staten Island a 2-0 lead.  In the fourth, Stevenson homered giving the Yankees a 4-1 edge.  By the end of the night, Staten Island had a convincing 9-2 victory, thanks not only to Stevenson, but big nights by Williams and Wilson.   …

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Prospect Profile: J.R. Murphy

After signing, Murphy got into nine games in the Gulf Coast League in 2009.  He wasted little time making an impression, going .333/.405/.485/.890 with a homer and seven RBIs.  Four bases were stolen against him and he caught no one stealing in his few chances.

For his first full year of professional baseball, Murphy headed to Charleston, where he caught for the RiverDogs.  He played 87 games for the Yankees low-A affiliate and put up decent offensive numbers, going .255/.327/.376/.703 with 7 homers, 15 doubles, two triples and 54 RBIs.  He even flashed a little speed, swiping four bags and getting thrown out five times.  Behind the plate, Murphy put in a lot of work as he continues to learn the position.  He threw out 23% of baserunners and improved his blocking, game calling and throwing skills.  Murphy did commit eleven errors and allowed 13 passed balls.

Murphy felt good coming out of Spring Training and returned to Charleston to start the 2011 season, where he split time behind the plate with Sanchez. …

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The Farm Report: 7/11/11 – Some notes on games that do count!

The Tampa Yankees knocked out the St. Lucie Mets 10-1:
The Yankees used an eight-run fifth to breakaway from the Mets.  J.R. Murphy went 3-4 with two runs scored, a double, a homer and two RBIs.   Zoile Almote and Kelvin Castro both went 3-5 with two RBIs.  Castro scored three times.  Starting pitcher Michael O’Brien went five innings and gave up just one run on two hits.  He did walk four batters and struck out three.  Tampa is tied with Dunedin atop the FSL North Division.  Unfortunately, the news is not all good, as it looks like Slade Heathcott’s season may be over, as he could be headed for another shoulder surgery.

Staten Island beat the Vermont Lake Monsters 9-1:
Staten Island got on the board early, using a double by Jhorge Liccien and a triple by Mason Williams to take a 2-0 edge in the second.  Still, it was the six-run sixth that put the Yankees well in control of the Lake Monsters.  …

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Game 88: Rays 0, Yankees 1

The Yankees had their first chance to get on the board in the third.  Eduardo Nunez led off with a single.  Derek Jeter bunted for a single, giving the Yankees a couple baserunners.  Granderson followed with a sac bunt, moving the runners to second and third.  Mark Teixeira then hit a fly ball to center, which Upton caught and gunned home as Kelly Shoppach tagged out Nunez to end the inning with the game still scoreless.

Both Shields and Sabathia dominated the middle innings of the game, facing the minimum number of batters until the bottom of the seventh.  Robinson Cano led off with a single and moved to third on a throwing error by Upton.  Martin grounded out, giving the Yankees two outs with a runner on third.  Shields then threw a pickoff throw to third, but the ball flew past Rodriguez and Cano was able to jog into home for the first (and only) run of the game.  Sabathia held on, striking out Johnson on a 98 mph fastball to end the game with a 1-0 Yankees’ victory.…

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