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: 4/4/14 – losses all around

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre was rained out.

Trenton lost to New Hampshire 7-3:
The Thunder continues to look for their first win of the season, coming up short against the Fisher Cats on Friday night. After two scoreless innings, A.J. Jimenez doubled in two runs, putting New Hampshire ahead 2-0. They added three more runs in the top of the fourth and one run in the fifth and the sixth for the 7-0 advantage. Mason Williams started the bottom of the sixth with a single to second. A walk by Rob Segedin was followed by an error that allowed Gary Sanchez to reach, loading the bases. Zach Wilson singled in Williams and Trenton had their first run of the night. Sanchez started a rally in the bottom of the eighth with a double to left. Ben Gamel drew a walk and Wilson singled, loading the bases again. Taylor Dugas hit into a double play that allowed Sanchez to cross the plate. Gamel scored on a single by Francisco Arcia, but that was all the Thunder could manage, falling 7-3.…

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Minor League Preview: Trenton Thunder

trentonThis year’s Trenton Thunder have a lot to live up to after they not only won the Eastern League Championship last year, but swept their way through the playoffs after winning the last nine games of the regular season. While Ramon Flores, Ali Castillo and Ben Gamel put together big offensive performances in the postseason, it was Trenton’s pitching that gave them success during the season, giving up the second least hits in the EL and the third least runs.

If there ever was a group to propel Trenton to a repeat Championship, this may be it.  As Brad mentioned yesterday, the top of the Thunder lineup will be Mason Williams, Rob Refsnyder, Rob Segedin and Gary Sanchez. That is a lineup that should give EL pitchers some nightmares. Sanchez, of course, has been at or near the top of most Yankee prospect lists the last couple years. He ended 2013 in Trenton, after playing most of the year in Tampa.…

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The Farm Report: Minor League Opening Day!

Well, the 2014 season is officially underway down on the farm, with all four full season Yankees affiliates taking their first hacks of the season. On the whole, it was a good start to the season for most of the Yankees’ minor league counterparts, as Trenton was the lone loss of the day.

Scranton/WB beat Syracuse 4-1:
The RailRiders got the season started on the right foot, as Jose Pirela singled to center. Scott Sizemore drove the ball to left, putting runners on the corners. A double-play ball by Zoilo Almonte brought home Pirela and the RailRiders took the early lead. Russ Canzler lead off the fourth with a double, moving to third on an error. With two outs, Ramon Flores drove a triple to right, doubling the Scranton score. The RailRiders added some insurance in the fifth. Zelous Wheeler singled, as did Sizemore. An error on the Chiefs’ first baseman allowed Almonte to reach and Wheeler to score before Canzler connected with another double, plating Sizemore and putting the RailRiders ahead 4-0.…

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Minor League Preview: Charleston RiverDogs

charleston-riverdogs-logo-540x519After a mediocre season last year, the Charleston RiverDogs will look to rebound with a new and exciting crop of prospects in 2014. Behind strong performances by Greg Bird, Jake Cave and Rafael De Paula, the RiverDogs went 75-63, putting...

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More on the Rule V Draft

As Stacey noted earlier today, the Yankees lost five players in the Rule V draft this morning. New York’s recent signings gave them a full 40-man roster, so the Yankees did not take any players in this year’s draft and lost at least one notable prospect in Ravel Santana. The Rockies...

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Quick hit: Trenton wins the Eastern League Championship!


I will have a much more in depth recap tomorrow, but the Trenton Thunder completed their sweep of the Harrisburg Senators tonight with an 11-4 win tonight. After winning three straight games against Binghamton in the ELDS, the Thunder didn’t look back during the Championship round and picked up their third EL crown. Harrisburg put up a bit of a fight in the bottom of the ninth, but Trenton had built up a solid lead and held on. Way to go Trenton and congrats to Manager Tony Franklin and MVP Ali Castillo!

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