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: 7/31/11 – At least Staten Island won…

Tampa came up empty against Charlotte, losing 7-0:
Charlotte used four singles in the first to take a 2-0 lead and didn’t let up, adding two more runs in the second.  Tampa had a chance in the top of the second, when Kyle Roller led off with a double to right, but the Yankees couldn’t capitalize on the chance.  The Stone Crabs ended up with a 7-0 victory at the end of the day, as the Yankees could never put together a rally.  Abraham Almonte went 2-4 with a pair of doubles.  Brett Marshall struggled on the mound, going just 5.2 innings and giving up seven runs (six earned) and twelve hits.

Charleston dropped a 5-3 game to Greenville:
The Drive drew first blood, as a couple leadoff walks turned into a couple runs.  The RiverDogs got on the board when Shane Brown singled and scored on a double by Taylor Grote.  Greenville added three runs in the fifth, putting Charleston down 5-1.  …

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The Farm Report: 7/30/11

Tampa ended up on the wrong side of extra innings, losing to Charlott 5-3 in the eleventh:
Tampa drew first blood, after Kelvin Castro scored on a ground out in the bottom of the fifth.  The inning ended with Cody Johnson getting called out on strikes and then being ejected by the home plate umpire.  The Stone Crabs scored two runs in the top of the sixth, giving them their first lead of the day.  Hector Rabago reached on an error in the bottom of the inning and Abraham Almonte was hit by a pitch.  Castro followed with a double, scoring both of them.  Charlotte scored a run in the top of the ninth to tie the game and send the teams in to extra baseball for the second day in a row.  Joaquin Hinojosa walked Michael Sheridan to start the eleventh and gave up a single to Matthew Hall.  Mark Thomas was intentionally walked and Omar Luna singled him in, giving Charlotte a 4-3 lead.  …

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The Farm Report: 7/29/11 – 14 inning walk-off for Tampa!

Trenton lost 3-2 to Richmond:
Trenton drew first blood, as Raymond Kruml singled to start and stole second.  He moved to third on Corban Joseph’s groundout.  Austin Romine singled and the Thunder had a 1-0 lead.  Richmond got their first lead of the evening in the fifth.  Juan Perez singled and stole second.  He moved to third on an error by Joseph, which put Sharlon Schoop on first.  Perez scored on a groundout, tying the game, and Richmond pulled ahead on a single by Francisco Peguero.  Trenton got the run back in the bottom of the inning, as Joseph hit a RBI double.  The game stayed tied until the eighth, when Chris Dominguez hit a solo homer to put the Flying Squirrels in front again.  Trenton was unable to score in the late innings and took a 3-2 loss.

Kruml went 2-5 with two runs scored.  Austin Romine was 3-4 with a double and a RBI.  Corban Joseph went 2-4 with a double and a RBI.  …

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The Farm Report: 7/28/11

Trenton dropped an 8-3 game against the Richmond Flying Squirrels:
Trenton got an early lead, as Corban Joseph reached on an error in the first.  he moved to third on a single by Robert Lyerly and scored on a line drive to left by Melky Mesa.  The 1-0 edge held through the early innings, but the Squirrels busted out in the sixth.  They led off the inning with three singles.  Dellin Betances then walked in Richmond’s first run, before giving up another single.  Richmond did not stop there, as Chris Dominguez grounded a single to center, plating two more runs and Pat Venditte was called on to relieve Betances.  An error by Joseph allowed another runner to score and the Squirrels leapt out to a 5-1 lead.  Trenton added a run in the eighth, but a three-run ninth for Richmond put the Thunder in a deep hole, as they went on to lose 8-3.

Melky Mesa went 2-4 with a run scored and a RBI.  …

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Game 102: Mariners 9, Yankees 2

The Yankees finally got on the board in the bottom of the fifth.  Russell Martin singled to start and moved to third on a grounder by Eduardo Nunez.  Brett Gardner worked a walk and Martin scored on a sac fly by Derek Jeter.

Hughes lasted six innings, and the Yankees bullpen blew up in the seventh.  Ichiro lead off with a double to center and Brendan Ryan singled to short.  A throwing error by Robinson Cano allowed Ichiro to score and Ackley to reach first safely.  Justin Smoak worked a walk and Mike Carp cleared the bases with a triple.  Franklin Gutierrez capped off the inning with a RBI double and the Mariners surged ahead 7-1.

Curtis Granderson led off the eighth with a double to right.  He moved to third on a groundout by Teixeira and scored when Cano grounded out  to short.  Unfortunately, the Mariners added a couple more runs in the top of the ninth and the Yankees took a 9-2 loss.…

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Game 101: Mariners 1, Yankees 4

New York strung together hits to start the bottom of the fifth.  Nick Swisher led off with a single to center.  Jorge Posada lined one to to left and Eric Chavez, just back from his lengthy stint on the DL, plated Swisher with a single to center.  Francisco Cervelli made the first out of the inning, but Brett Gardner followed with a RBI single to give the Yankees a 3-0 edge.

Sabathia had retired every batter he faced through five innings and struck out Mike Carp to begin the sixth when rain took over the Bronx.  After a 30 minute delay, the Yankees and Sabathia got back on the field to pursue perfection.  The big southpaw retired the next two batters and struck out Ichiro Suzuki to begin the seventh.  Brendan Ryan then connected with a single to left to break up the perfect game.  Sabathia didn’t let it faze him, however, as he struck out the next two batters.

In the eighth inning, Sabathia seemed to lose steam.  …

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Game 100: Mariners 3, Yankees 10

Seattle struck in the third, when Justin Smoak lined a double to center and moved to third on a single by Franklin Gutierrez, as the Mariners threatened for the first time Monday.  Ichiro Suzuki drove a sac fly to center and Smoak scored, making the score 2-1.  The Yankees got the run back in the bottom of the inning, with a solo homer by Derek Jeter.

The Yankees broke the game open in the bottom of the fourth.  Russell Martin reached on a fielding error and Andruw Jones followed with a single.  Eduardo Nunez lined a single to center, plating Martin and moving Jones to third.  Brett Gardner connected with a single to right, bringing another Yankee home.  A throwing error by the Seattle second baseman allowed Jeter to reach safely and Nunez to cross the plate.  Granderson drove a sac fly to center, bringing Gardner home and a single from Teixeira topped off the Bombers big inning.  They added another run in the sixth, putting the score at 9-1.…

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Game 99: Athletics 5, Yankees 7

The Yankees put together their own two-out rally in the bottom of the second.  Russell Martin singled to center and stole second.  Andruw Jones followed by lining a RBI single to center and the Yankees trailed 2-1.

Colon was back on track from the third inning on, and the Yankees struck again in the bottom of the fourth.  After getting two outs, Martin was hit by a pitch.  Jones worked a walk and Eduardo Nunez hit a long fly ball for a double, giving the Yankees a 3-2 lead.

The Bombers poured it on in the bottom of the fifth.  Derek Jeter worked a leadoff walk and Curtis Granderson connected with his 27the homer of the year.  Mark Teixeira followed with a single to center and he moved to second when Robinson Cano grounded out. Martin singled, putting runners on the corners and Jones hit a RBI single to make it 6-2.

As the eighth inning began, rain poured in the Bronx and David Robertson took over on the mound. …

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Game 96: Yankees 1, Rays 2

Both Shields and Sabathia kept the offenses guessing, never allowing more than one baserunner an inning for much of the game.  In the bottom of the fifth, however, Sabathia got in some trouble.  He allowed a walk to Eliot johnson who scored when Sam Fuld drove a triple to right, giving the Rays a 2-0 lead.

Jeter drove a one out double to center in the eighth, waking up the Yankees’ offense a bit.  Mark Teixeira popped out to third, but Cano knocked a double down the right field line, plating Jeter for the Yankees’ lone run of the game.  In the top of the ninth Russell Martin singled to left, but Eduardo Nunez and Curtis Granderson were unable to do anything, each striking out as the Rays took the 2-1 win.

Bronx Cheers:
Mark Teixeira: Teix went 0-4 with two runners left on base.

Nick Swisher: Swisher went 0-4 with a strikeout and four runners left on base.

Curtain Calls:
Robinson Cano: Robbie went 2-3 with a RBI and a walk.…

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