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 Wilson Betemit homered, sending the game to extra innings.
  • Both teams had a chance to pull ahead in extras, including the top of the twelfth, when Scranton had runners on the corners with no outs.
  • It was a homer by Zelous Wheeler, just back from the DL, that put the RailRiders ahead for good in the top of the thirteenth. Dean Anna singled and scored on a single by Russ Canzler for some insurance, as Scranton won 10-8.
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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 single from Wilson Betemit scored Christian and Sands hit a sac fly to center to plate Belnome for the 4-3 Bulls lead. The RailRiders went down in order in the sixth, but were able to tie the score in the seventh. Canzler drew a walk, but Austin Romine hit into a double play. Antoan Richardson was hit by a pitch and scored when Flores drove a double to left.… Click here to read the rest

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!

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

Richards P

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. … Click here to read the rest

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:

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

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 Hector Santiago will be on the mound for the Angels, while Vidal Nuno gets the ball for the Yankees.… Click here to read the rest

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 scored four runs in the top of the second to take a healthy lead. Two back-to-back singles in the top of the third and an error by relief pitcher Fred Lewis gave Buffalo another run. With two outs in the fourth, Anthony Gose singled and stole second, later scoring on a single by Chris Getz and putting Scranton in a 6-0 hole.… Click here to read the rest

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  to score in the top of the fourth, as Chris Getz started with a single to center and stole second. Kevin Pillar singled to third, putting runners on the corners with one out, but Chase Whitley struck out Matt Tuiasosopo and got Kevin Nolan to ground out to escape the inning. With two outs in the fifth, Richardson drew another walk.… Click here to read the rest

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.… Click here to read the rest

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 walks in the third and fourth, but were unable to capitalize on them. They finally broke through in the fifth, as Adonis Garcia lined a single to center and Jose Pirela bunted for a single. The IronPigs’ pitcher made a throwing error and Pirela headed to second and Garcia scored. Austin Romine drew a walk and Corban Joseph connected with a single to left, scoring Pirela and cutting the Lehigh Valley lead in half.… Click here to read the rest

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.… Click here to read the rest