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: 4/8/14

For the first time since I started doing this every Yankees’ affiliate that was scheduled to play on Monday got rained out. They were all able to get back on the field on Tuesday, however, and for the most part the Yankee hopefuls let their bats do the talking.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Rochester 5-0 in Game 1:
The RailRiders struggled to put together many hits in the first game of the day. They had a chance to score int he top of the second, as Russ Canzler singled to left and Adonis Garcia reached on an error. A double play ball by Zoilo Almonte was followed by a ground out by Ramon Flores and Scranton came up empty. A RBI double by Eric Farris in the bottom of the inning put the Red Wings up 1-0. The score stayed that way until the bottom of the fifth, when Rochester pulled away. Four straight singles to start the inning gave them another run.…

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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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