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.

The Farm Report: 4/28/14

I am running late today, so it is a bullet point kind of day… Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Durham 10-8 (13 innings): In a game that went back and forth, Durham took a two run lead in the first, only to have the RailRiders pull ahead 5-2 in the fourth. The Bulls scored four in the fifth for a 6-5 advantage, but Scranton once more had an answer, plating two runs in the sixth and another in the eighth for an 8-6 lead. A pair of former Yankees came up big in the bottom of the ninth, as Justin Christian singled and Continue reading The Farm Report: 4/28/14

The Farm Report: 4/27/14

Scranton lost to Durham 6-4: The RailRiders drew first blood as Russ Canzler knocked a solo homer to left in the top of the second. Jerry Sands did the same in the bottom of the inning, tying the game at one run apiece. Ramon Flores started the third with a walk and it was Zoilo Almonte’s turn to go yard, giving Scranton the 3-1 edge. They held that lead until the bottom of the fifth, when Durham put together a nice rally. Eddy Rodriguez singled to right and Justin Christian and Vince Belnome hit back-to-back singles, bringing home Rodriguez. A Continue reading The Farm Report: 4/27/14

Game 25: Tanaka v. Richards

Here is your game thread for tonight’s game. The Yankees will try to take the series from the Angels before heading into an off day tomorrow. Mike Trout and Albert Pujols will get to take their first cracks at Masahiro Tanaka, so it should be an exciting night in the Bronx. Enjoy!

Angels:
Cowgill RF
Trout CF
Pujols 1B
Kendrick 2B
Aybar SS
Freese DH
Stewart 3B
Iannetta C
Shuck LF

Richards P

Yankees:
Ellsbury CF
Jeter SS
Beltran RF
McCann C
Soriano DH
Teixeira 1B
Johnson 3B
Roberts 2B
Ichiro LF

Tanaka P

Yangervis Solarte was a late scratch tonight. According to Yankees PR, he’s out with a sore shoulder so Brian Roberts is taking his slot. Continue reading Game 25: Tanaka v. Richards

Game 24: Nuno v. Santiago

Here is your game thread for this afternoon’s game. Hopefully we see more of Thursday night’s performance out of the Yankees and not a replay of last night. As always, be sure to keep your comments respectful. Here are your lineups: Angels Cowgill, C. RF Trout, M. CF Pujols, A. DH Kendrick, H. 2B Aybar, E. SS Iannetta, C. C Stewart, I. 1B Freese, D. 3B Shuck, J. LF Yankees Ellsbury, J. CF Jeter, D. SS Beltran, C. DH Soriano, A. RF Teixeira, M. 1B Gardner, B. LF Roberts, B. 2B Johnson, K. 3B Murphy, J. C New Jersey native Continue reading Game 24: Nuno v. Santiago

The Farm Report: 4/24/14

After sweeping their games on Wednesday, it was a tougher day for the Yankees’ affiliates on Thursday. Luckily, Charleston came through with a big win that let them show off on both sides of the field, thanks in large part to a great outing by Caleb Smith. The bad news is that Tyler Austin is headed back to the DL with a “lower body injury” after sliding into a base on Wednesday. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Buffalo 6-5: The RailRiders trailed early on Thursday and managed to put together a ninth inning rally, but came up short against the Bisons. Buffalo Continue reading The Farm Report: 4/24/14

The Farm Report: 4/23/14

While the Yankees had a rough day in Boston, their minor league counterparts had a pretty good day from top to bottom. The minor leaguers showed off some great offensive and pitching performances, also combining for eleven stolen bases. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre blanked Buffalo 5-0: Ramon Flores started the RailRiders’ offense with a single to center in the bottom of the first. He was caught trying to steal second before Antoan Richardson drew a walk and succeeded in stealing second and third. An error by the Bison shortstop allowed Richardson to score and Scranton took the 1-0 lead. Buffalo had a chance  Continue reading The Farm Report: 4/23/14

The Farm Report: 4/22/14

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Buffalo 6-5:
In the bottom of the third, Carmen Angelini singled to left and Ramon Flores followed with a double. A single by Scott Sizemore plated Angelini. A sac fly by Russ Canzler scored Flores and Adonis Garcia knocked a double to second to score Sizemore for the 3-0 lead. Dan Johnson started the fourth with a single to short that deflected off Brian Gordon on the mound. With two outs, Kevin Nolan drew a walk and an error by Canzler allowed Munenori Kawasaki to reach and Johnson scored. A wild pitch plated Nolan and the RailRiders’ lead was cut to one. They got one run back in the bottom of the inning, as Flores singled in Angelini, putting Scranton ahead 4-2. Steve Tolleson drew a walk to start the fifth and stole second, moving to third when Scranton catcher Francisco Arcia made a throwing error. Tolleson scored on a sac fly by Johnson, pulling within a run again. With two outs in the bottom of the inning, Adonis Garcia single to short and Ronnier Mustelier grounded a single to second. Tolleson made a throwing error and Garcia crossed home, giving Scranton a 5-3 lead. In the top of the sixth, Kevin Pillar double to right and Kevin Nolan followed with a triple. A sac fly plated Nolan and the game was tied. Jim Miller came in to relieve Gordon. The game stayed tied through the eighth inning, but Scranton worked some walk-off magic in the ninth. With two outs, SIzemore grounded a single to left and Zoilo Almonte hit the game-winning double to center, scoring Sizemore for the 6-5 win.

Flores and Sizemore both went 2-5. Flores scored once, hit a double and had a RBI. Sizemore scored twice and had a RBI. Garcia and Mustelier both went 2-4, each picking up a double. Garcia scored a run and had a RBI. The rest of the lineup each picked up one hit, with Almonte and Arcia both having doubles. Gordon went 5.1 innings and allowed five runs (two earned) on seven hits, three walks and four Ks. Miller went 1.2 and gave up a pair of hits. Robert Coello threw two innings and gave up two hits, one walk and struck out two.

Trenton beat Akron 4-3:
The Thunder had a chance to jump out to a big lead in the bottom of the first, as Mason Williams led off with a single and Ben Gamel drew a walk. Rob Segedin singled to right, loading the bases with no outs. Gary Sanchez struck out and Tyler Austin flew out to right, but Robert Refsnyder lined a single to right, plating Williams. Gamel tried to score as well, but was thrown out at the plate, ending the Thunder rally. Akron was able to tie the game in the top of the fourth, as Tony Wolters singled in Giovanny Urshela, who later hit a solo homer in the top of the sixth to put the Rubber Ducks in the lead. Akron added some insurance in the seventh, as Tyler Naquin tripled to right and scored on a single by Francisco Lindor for the 3-1 advantage. With time running out, the Thunder put together a big eighth inning. Sanchez drew the one out walk and Austin and Refsnyder both singled, loading the bases. Yeral Sanchez struck out, but Dan Fiorito cleared the bases with a triple to right, putting Trenton ahead 4-3 and giving them the win.

Gamel and Refsnyder both went 2-3 with a walk. Refsnyder scored a run and picked up a RBI. Segedin went 2-4, while Williams, Austin, Fiorito and Ali Castillo all went 1-4. Bryan Mitchell made the start, going five innings and allowing one run on four hits and a walk. He struck out six. Manny Barreda gave up two runs (one earned) on three hits and a walk. He struck out two. Branden Pinder threw two hitless innings and struck out two.

Tampa lost to Brevard County 2-1:
Tampa had a chance to score in the bottom of the second, as Dante Bichette lead off the inning with a single, moving to second on a ground out. Unfortunately, he was caught trying to steal third before Angelo Gumbs connected with a single. Gumbs stole second, but was then picked off to end the inning. The Yankees did finally come through in the bottom of the fourth. Cito Culver singled to center and Eric Jagielo singled to right, putting runners on the corners. Bichette hit into a force out at second, but Culver scored for the 1-0 lead. The Manatees responded in the top of the fifth, when Yadiel Rivera singled and Mike Garza was hit by a pitch by Rafael De Paula. A ground out allowed Rivera to move to third and a wild pitch from De Paula let him cross the plate for the 1-1 tie. With Dietrich Enns on the mound in the seventh, Rivera got things going for Brevard County once again. He bunted for a single and moved to second on a sac bunt. Brandon Macias singled to right, plating Rivera. The Yankees had a chance to at least tie the game in the bottom of the ninth as Jake Cave lead off with a triple. Culver “singled” on a ground ball to the catcher, so Cave was unable to score. Unfortunately, Jagielo, Bichette and Peter O’Brien all struck out, ending the threat and giving Tampa the 2-1 loss.

Culver was the lone Yankee with multiple hits, going 2-4 with a run scored. Bichette and Gumbs both went 1-3 with a stolen base. Bichette picked up the lone Yankee RBI. Cave and Jagielo both went 1-4. De Paula threw five innings and gave up one run on two hits, two walks and six Ks. He had one wild pitch and one hit by pitch. Evan Rutckyj threw one inning and gave up one walk, striking out two. Enns went two innings and gave up one run on two hits and a K. Kyle Haynes ended the game, scattering two hits and a walk in his inning on the mound.

Charleston lost to Lakewood 7-5:
Lakewood took a two run lead in the first, assisted by a wild pitch from Giovanny Gallegos and an error by Miguel Andujar. Michael O’Neill flew a single to left to start the second and scored on a double by Jose Rosario. Lakewood got the run back on a solo shot by Wilmer Oberto in the bottom of the inning and plated another run in the third for the 4-1 lead. O’Neill hit a two out solo homer in the fourth and doubles from Abiatal Avelino and Aaron Judge in the fifth put the RiverDogs within one run of Lakewood. It was Dylan Cozens time to go deep in the sixth, giving Lakewood a 5-3 lead, heading into the late innings. Charleston finally tied the game up in the eighth. Tyler Wade singled and moved to third on a throwing error on a pickoff attempt. Judge drew a walk and Mike Ford singled, plating Wade. A single by O’Neill scored Judge and Gosuke Katoh singled, putting runners on the corners, but a pop out from Rosario left the runners on base and the score at 5-5. A one out walk to Carlos Tucci was followed by a triple from Cozens, putting Lakewood in front again. He scored on a single from Willians Astudillo and Lakewood held on for the 7-5 defeat of Charleston.

O’Neill went 3-4 with two runs scored, a homer and two RBIs. Wade went 2-5 with a run scored and Judge went 2-3 with a run scored, a double and a RBI. Ford went 2-4 with a RBI, while Avelino went 1-5 with a run scored and a double. Gallegos threw six innings, allowing five runs (three earned) on six hits and a walk. He struck out three and gave up two homers. Cesar Vargas finished the last two innings of the game, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk. He struck out three. Continue reading The Farm Report: 4/22/14

The Farm Report: 4/21/14

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Lehigh Valley 4-2: The IronPigs only needed one inning to get the win on Monday evening. Clete Thomas singled with one out in the first and stole second. Maikel Franco drew a walk and Reid Brignac lined a RBI single to center for the first run of the day. Jim Murphy singled, loading the bases and Steve Susdorf singled in Franco. Leandro Castro hit the fourth consecutive single, plating Brignac. A sac fly from Sebastian Valle scored Murphy and Lehigh Valley took the 4-0 lead before Scranton even picked up their bats. The RailRiders got lead off Continue reading The Farm Report: 4/21/14

The Farm Report: 4/17/14 – Lots of wins!

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Buffalo 2-1 in Game 1 (9 innings):
The RailRiders got a runner on base in each of the first two innings, but it wasn’t until the top of the third that they managed to score the first run of the game. Antoan Richardson drew a walk, moving to second on a sac bunt by Carmen Angelini. Richardson stole third and scored on a single by Jose Pirela for the 1-0 lead. Scranton held onto the slim advantage through the top of the seventh, but Buffalo managed to score their first run of the day on a RBI single by Chris Getz, tying the game and sending it into “extra” innings (MiLB doubleheader games go seven innings). Both teams took a pair of walks in the eighth inning, but were unable to capitalize on them. Ronnier Mustelier drew a walk in the top of the ninth, moving to second on a sac bunt. Angelini lined a single to center, plating Mustelier for the 2-1 lead. Danny Burawa struck out the first two batters in the bottom of the inning, but walked Getz and Steve Tolleson. Mark Montgomery replaced Burawa on the mound and struck out Brett Carroll for the 2-1 Scranton victory.

Both teams only managed four hits. Pirela, Adonis Garcia, Austin Romine and Angelini each picked up a single for Scranton. Ramon Flores went 0-2, but drew three walks. Brian Gordon made the start, allowing just two hits over 5.2 innings. He struck out two and walked four. Matt Daley gave up one run on two hits, striking out three in his 1.1 innings. Burawa walked four and struck out three in 1.2 innings and Montgomery got the save, striking out the lone batter he faced.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Buffalo 7-2 in Game 2:
While both teams struggled to find their offense in Game 1, Scranton had plenty of it in the second game of the day. Flores started the game by lining a single to left, scoring on a double by Pirela. Corban Joseph hit a solo homer to start the second and the RailRiders held a 2-0 lead. Zoilo Almonte likewise started the third with a solo shot and Garcia followed with a double to left. A single by Joseph plated Garcia and Scranton was up 4-0. It was Pirela’s time to park the ball on the other side of the fence in the fourth and an RBI single by Richardson put the RailRiders ahead 6-0 after five. Scranton finally came up empty in the sixth, going down in order, and Buffalo managed to pick up their first run of the game after Kevin Pillar singled and scored on a line drive to right by Dan Johnson. Almonte connected with his second homer of the day in the top of the seventh. Buffalo got the run back with a homer by Jared Goedert, but Scranton held on for the 7-2 win.

Flores, Pirela, Almonte and Francisco Arcia all went 2-4. Flores and Pirela both scored one run, while Pirela had a double, a homer and two RBIs. Almonte hit a pair of homers. Joseph went 2-3 with two runs scored, a homer and two RBIs. Only Jose Toussen came up empty at the plate. Garcia went 1-4 with a double and a run scored and Richardson and Angelini both had hits. Chase Whitley made the start, throwing five scoreless innings. He scattered two hits and two walks, striking out five. David Herndon went two innings, allowing a pair of runs on three hits.

Trenton beat Erie 5-3:
After three scoreless innings, the Thunder broke through in the bottom of the fourth. Kyle Roller hit a one out single to left and Robert Refsnyder lined a single to right. A wild pitch allowed the runners to move up a base and Taylor Dugas cleared the bases with a triple to right. He scored on a double by Dan Fiorito and the Thunder held a 3-0 lead. Erie looked like they were going to be able to add some runs as well, as Dean Green doubled and Corey Jones singled, putting runners on the corners with just one out. Jamie Johnson hit a grounder to second, which Refsnyder fielded for the inning ending double play. In the bottom of the fifth, Gary Sanchez reached on an error and Roller followed with a homer, for the 5-0 advantage. Aaron Dott was on the mound for Trenton in the seventh and quickly got into trouble. He walked Wade Gaynor and Green before striking out Jones. Johnson drew a walk, loading the bases and Jason Krizan lined a single to right, plating two runs. Johnson scored on a force out to second, but Trenton held on for the 5-3 win.

Roller went 2-4 with two runs scored, a homer and two RBIs. Refsnyder went 2-3 with a run scored and a stolen base. Dugas went 1-3 with a run scored, a triple and two RBIs. Mason Williams and Sanchez both went 0-4, though Sanchez scored a run. Joel De La Cruz threw 5.2 innings and scattered six hits and two walks, striking out three. Dott lasted just 0.2 innings and gave up three runs on three walks and no hits. He struck out one. Jairo Heredia threw 0.2 innings, allowing one hit. Branden Pinder and Diego Moreno both threw hitless, walkless innings in relief, notching one and two Ks respectively.

Tampa beat Daytona 6-5 (10 innings):
The Yankees got off to a quick start as Cito Culver singled to left in the first and Dante Bichette lined a single to right, putting two on with two out. A double by Peter O’Brien plated Culver and the Yankees held the early lead. Zach Wilson started the second with a single to left and Jake Cave tripled him in for another run. Eric Jagielo was hit by a pitch in the third and Bichette singled. Wilson lined a single to left, plating Jagielo and the Yankees were up 3-0. Daytona finally got their first run of the day in the bottom of the inning, when Tim Saunders hit a solo homer to left. Bichette kept his hot hitting going in the fifth, doubling to right. O’Brien drew a walk and Angelo Gumbs singled in Bichette. Cave tripled again in the sixth, scoring on a sac fly by Culver for the 5-1 lead, however, the Cubs worked their way back into the game in the bottom of the inning.With the bases loaded, Dan Camarena walked in a run before being replaced by Evan Rutckyj. Rock Shoulders (my new favorite name) lined a single to left, scoring another Daytona run. A passed ball by O’Brien allowed another run to score and the Yankees lead was cut to one run. Back-to-back singles and another passed ball by O’Brien set up a sac fly by Saunders to tie the game in the bottom of the eighth. The game was still tied after nine, but Tampa got their bats going again in the top of the tenth. Wilson, Reymond Nunez and Cody Grice hit consecutive singles, giving the Yankees a 6-5 lead. Shoulders drew a walk, but a double play and a ground out gave the Yankees the 6-5 victory.

Cave went 3-6 with a run scored, an RBI, a double and two triples. Culver went 2-5 with a run scored, a double and a RBI. Bichette, who is off to a really hot start this year (.364/.508/.568), went 3-4 with a run scored, a double and a walk. Wilson went 3-5 with two runs scored and a RBI. Camarena gave up four runs (two earned) over 5.1 innings. He allowed four hits and four walks, striking out three. Rutckyj went 1.2 and allowed just one hit and two walks, striking out one. Phil Wetherell gave up one unearned run on two hits in one inning and Kyle Haynes ended the game, throwing two innings and giving up just one hit and one walk, striking out one.

Charleston beat Rome 8-7:
The RiverDogs got off to a good start in the first, as Abiatal Avelino singled and promptly stole second. Tyler Wade lined a single to left, putting runners on the corners, but he was caught stealing second. Aaron Judge and Miguel Andujar both drew walks, loading the bases and Michael O’Neill cleared the bases with a triple to left. Rome started the second with a solo homer by Joey Meneses and scored another run with the help of a throwing error by Charleston backstop, Eduardo de Oleo and a wild pitch by Brady Lail, cutting the Charleston lead to one. Gosuke Katoh was hit by a pitch and stole second. A pair of walks loaded the bases again and Katoh scored on another walk to Judge for the 4-2 lead. Rome added a pair of runs in the fifth, tying the game and took the lead with three runs in the top of the sixth. Charleston started to work their way back in the bottom of the inning. John Murphy singled to center and moved to second on a wild pitch. De Oleo drew a walk and both runners moved over on a wild pitch. A throwing error allowed Murphy and de Oleo to score, cutting the Rome lead to one run. Judge homered to start the bottom of the seventh, tying the game at 7-7. With two outs in the eighth, de Oleo singled to left. Avelino followed with a single to center and de Oleo scored on a single by Wade, for the 8-7 Charleston victory.

Avelino went 2-4 with a run scored, a walk and a stolen base. Wade went 2-4 with a RBI and a walk. Judge went 1-3 with two runs scored, a homer, two RBIs and two walks. O’Neill went 1-4 with a triple and three RBIs. De Oleo went 1-3 with two runs scored. Brady Lail lasted 5.1 innings, allowing six runs (four earned) on seven hits and two walks. He struck out four. Cesar Vargas went 1.2 and gave up one run on two hits and two walks. Stefan Lopez and Nick Rumbelow both pitched hitless innings in relief. Lopez struck out one, while Rumbelow walked one and struck out two. Continue reading The Farm Report: 4/17/14 – Lots of wins!