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: 08/06/11 – Scranton rained out but wins for everyone else

Scranton was postponed.

Trenton beat Altoona 5-3:
Altoona got on the board early, as Starling Marte hit a two run homer and Brock Holt scored on a single by Josh Rodriguez.  Trenton stormed right back as Corban Joseph led off the fourth with a walk.  Robert Lyerly followed with a RBI double and Melky Mesa homered to tie the game 3-3.  The game stayed tied until the ninth, when the Thunder broke through.  Austin Krum singled to right and Jose Pirela lined one to left.  Joseph drove a  single to right and Trenton took the lead.  A groundout by Lyerly put another run across home and the Thunder took a 5-3 victory.  Lyerly went 2-4 with a run scored, a double and two RBIs.  Mesa went 3-5 with a run scored, a homer and two RBIs.

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The Farm Report: 08/04/11 – Can I get a win? Anyone?

Scranton dropped a 3-2 game to Louisville:
Scranton leapt out to an early lead.  Jesus Montero singled to center and Jorge Vazquez followed with a homer to put the Yankees up 2-0.  In the top of the second, Jeremy Hermida doubled and scored on a single by Mike Costanzo, putting Louisville on the board. Cgrus Valaika tied the game with a solo homer in the third.  The score stayed knotted through most of the evening, but a single in the eighth chased Adam Warren from the game.  A passed ball allowed Denis Phipps to move to second.  He moved to third on a ground out and scored on a single from Daniel Dorn, giving Louisville a 3-2 victory.  Vazquez went 2-3 with a run scored and two RBIs.  Warren went 7.1 innings and gave up three runs (two earned) on eight hits.  He did not issue a walk and struck out three.

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Game 109: Yankees 18, White Sox 7

The Bombers continued to put the big hurt on the Chicago White Sox Wednesday night.  The Yankees hit early and often, knocking the White Sox around all night for an 18-7 win.

New York started the evening with anything but a bang, as Brett Gardner and Derek Jeter hit back-to-back bunts.  Curtis Granderson followed with a single to center and the bases were loaded.  Mark Teixeira hit a sac fly to plate the first run of the game and Robinson Cano followed with the first longball of the day as the Yankees took a 4-0 lead.

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Game 108: Yankees 6, White Sox 0

After a 45-minute rain delay (which reportedly involved no rain), the Yankees and White Sox kicked off the second game of the series.  Phil Hughes looked like his old self on the mound, but his outing was cut short when a rain delay ended the game after six and a half innings, with New York taking a 6-0 win over the White Sox.

Much like Monday, the Yankees got started early.  Derek Jeter singled to left and Curtis Granderson worked a walk.  Mark Teixeira grounded into a double play, but moved Jeter to third.  Robinson Cano then lined a RBI double to center and the Yankees held a 1-0 lead.

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Game 107: Yankees 3, White Sox 2

After a strong home stand, the Yankees started their road trip in Chicago.    They got on the board early, but the White Sox were not easily beaten, as they collected ten hits against the New York ace.  In the end, the Yankees held onto a slim lead for a 3-2 victory.

The Pinstripes wasted no time in getting on the board.  Brett Gardner led off with a single to maligned White Sox first baseman, Adam Dunn.  Curtis Granderson followed with a double to right and Gardner crossed the plate for the first run of the game.  Robinson Cano singled to right, past Dunn again for an RBI single and the Bombers had a 2-0 lead.

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Game 106: Orioles 2, Yankees 4

After beating up on the Orioles twice Saturday, the Yankees finished out the long series with a win on Sunday afternoon.  Freddy Garcia continued to put forth strong outings for the Yankees, perhaps making it easier for some fans as the trade deadline passed without a blockbuster move in the Bronx.  As the day turned into evening, the Yankees sent the Orioles back to Baltimore on a three-game losing streak, as the Bombers won 4-2.

The Orioles were actually the first to score Sunday.  Robert Andino drew a walk in the top of the third and stole second.  Nick Markakis worked a walk and Andino stole third.  A single by Adam Jones plated the first run of the game, as the Orioles went up 1-0.

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

Scranton lost 3-6 to Rochester:
The Yankees started strong, with Kevin Russo getting the game going with a double to left.  Greg Golson followed with a single and stole second.  Jorge Vazquez lined a single to left and the Yankees had two runs on the board.  Rochester came roaring back in the bottom of the inning, however.  Mike Hollimon singled to right and Brian Dinkelman singled to center.  Jeff Bailey followed with a three run homer and the Red Wings took the lead.  Chase Lambin hit a three-run shot in the bottom of the third to put Rochester down 6-2.  A sac fly from Greg Golson gave the Yankees another run, but that was all they could muster as Scranton lost 6-3.  Russo went 2-4 with a run scored and a double.  Golson went 2-3 with a run scored and a RBI. D.J. Mitchell struggled, going just five innings and giving up six runs on ten hits.

Trenton was blanked by Richmond 5-0:
Francisco Peguero started the game with a triple to left and scored on a sac fly, giving the Flying Squirrels a 1-0 lead in the first.  Richmond scored a run in each of the next three innings and added another in the ninth to give them a 5-0 win.  The Thunder managed just four hits the whole day, none of which were for extra bases.  They also failed to draw a walk.  Robert Lyerly struck out in each of his at bats.  Steve Garrison last three innings in his first start since returning from the Majors, allowing three runs on five hits.

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The Farm Report: 7/30/11

Scranton lost to Rochester 6-2:
A RBI single by Jesus Montero put the Yankees on the board in the first, but Rochester answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning.  They added another run in the second and had a 6-1 lead with Scranton headed into the ninth.  Mike Lamb managed a one out homer, but the Yankees didn’t have a rally in them, as Rochester took a 6-2 win.  The Yankees had plenty of opportunities, but didn’t capitalize as they hit 5-16 with runners in scoring position.  Brandon Laird went 2-4 with a double.  Adam Warren had a bit of an off night, going just five innings and giving up five runs on eight hits and two walks, raising his ERA to 3.39.

Trenton beat up on Richmond, winning 17-5:
The Thunder leapt out to a 4-0 lead in the first, as Raymond Kruml worked a walk and scored on a double from Corban Joseph.  Austin Romine and Zoilo Almonte walked, loading the bases.  Jose Gil drew a walk, pushing another run across the plate.  A single from Yadil Mujica scored two more for Trenton.  Richmond tied the game with a four run third inning, but the Thunder answered in the bottom of the inning.  Almonte led off with a double.  Melky Mesa worked a walk and Damon Sublett laid down a sac bunt.  Gil walked and Mujica singled.  Addison Maruszak followed with a homer and Trenton was up 9-4, a lead they wouldn’t give up as they went on to pound the Flying Squirrels 17-5.  Almonte ended the night 4-5 with five runs scored, a double, a RBI and a walk.  Maruszak went 3-5 with a run scored, a homer and four RBIs.  Corban Joseph went 3-5 with three runs scored, two doubles and a RBI.

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

Scranton lost to Buffalo 8-5:
The Yankees took an early lead on RBI singles by Mike Lamb and Brandon Laird in the first inning.  Jesus Montero led off the third with a single to right and Jorge Vazquez drove out a homer, giving Scranton a 4-0 lead.  Unfortunately, Andrew Brackman got wild in the fourth.  With one out he issued back-to-back walks to Ruben Tejada and Dusty Ryan.  A wild pitch allowed them to move over, but Brackman walked the bases loaded, leading to him getting pulled for Eric Wordekemper.  Luis Figueroa singled to left, plating Buffalo’s first run.  A couple more singles and a bases loaded walk put the Bison out in front 5-4.  Buffalo kept it up in the fifth, plating three more runs, while the Yankees only managed one more run for the rest of the evening.

Jorge Vazquez went 2-4 with a run scored and two RBIs.  Brandon Laird went 2-3 with a double, a run scored and a RBI.  Andrew Brackman’s struggles continued as he managed just 3.1 innings in his start.  He did not give up a single hit, but allowed three runs on nine walks.

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