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

Tampa beat Dunedin 8-4:
Dunedin took a 1-0 lead in hte second, but Tampa broke through in the fourth.  Kyle Roller had a RBI double and Neil Medchill hit a three run homer to put the Yankees in front 4-1.  The Blue Jays made it close in the top of the fifth, starting the inning with three straight singles and making it 4-3.  Abraham Almonte tripled to lead off the bottom of the inning and scored on a double by Roller.  A single by Kelvin Castro plated another run.  Tampa added runs in the sixth and seventh and took an 8-4 win over Dunedin.   Deangelo Mack went 3-4 with a run scored, a double and a RBI.  Roller went 2-4 with two runs scored, a pair of doubles and two RBIs.

Charleston held off Savannah for a 6-5 win:
The Sand Gnats drew first blood, scoring two runs in the top of the third.  The RiverDogs got a run back when Jose Toussen singled to right.  … Click here to read the rest

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

Trenton lost to Akron 7-4:
The game was scoreless until Akron broke through in the fourth.  Juan Diaz singled to center and Chun Chen homered to give the Aeros a 2-0 lead.  The Thunder fell behind even more in the sixth, when Akron added four more runs to the board.  Zoilo Almonte worked a walk and Robert Lyerly was safe after an error by the Aeros’ shortstop.  Melky Mesa loaded the bases with a walk and two runs scored on Damon Sublett’s double to center.  Still, the Thunder trailed 6-2.  Trenton was able to muster a run in the seventh and in the eighth, but that was not enough as they fell 7-4.  Austin Krum went 4-5 with a run scored.  Almonte went 2-4 with a run scored and a RBI.  Shaffer Hall lasted just 5.2 innings and gave up five runs (four earned) on seven hits.  Pat Venditte threw a scoreless, hitless inning of relief, picking up a couple strikeouts.… Click here to read the rest

Game 109: Yankees 18, White Sox 7

Despite a comfortable lead, A.J. Burnett did not look sharp in the first inning.  Juan Pierre led off with a ground-rule double down the right field line.  Omar Vizquel dropped a bunt, which Eric Chavez fielded as it rolled down the line.  Carlos Quentin drove a sac fly to left and the White Sox were on the board.

With two outs in the second, Gardner was hit by a pitch and Jeter singled to right.  Granderson then drove a triple to right and the Yankees had two more runs, but it was the third inning that gave the Yankees plenty of breathing room.

Nick Swisher started with a single and Eric Chavez hit his first homer in pinstripes.  Jorge Posada followed with a double and Russell Martin worked a walk.  Gardner hit an infield single, loading the bases.  Jeter knocked a single to center and two runs crossed home.  A triple from Teixeira cleared the bases and he scored on a single from Cano, as the Yankees added seven runs for a 13-1 lead.… Click here to read the rest

Game 108: Yankees 6, White Sox 0

Russell Martin added another run for the Yankees in the second, driving a solo homer into the outfield seats.  Jeter got the Bombers going in the third, lining a double to left. Teixeira then got all of a John Danks’ fastball for a two-run shot and a 4-0 lead for New York.

In the top of the seventh, Teixeira hit another homer.  Cano worked a walk and stole second before Nick Swisher walked.  Andruw Jones singled, bringing Cano home and the Yankees held a 6-0 lead heading into the bottom of the inning.  Unfortunately, the weather interfered again and there was another delay – this one with actual rain!   Eventually, they called the game, and the Yankees took another win over Chicago.

Bronx Cheers:
Brett Gardner: Gardy was the only Yankee to go hitless.  He went 0-3 with a strikeout and a runner left on base.

Andruw Jones: Jones went 1-4 with an RBI but struck out three times.

Curtain Calls:
Mark Teixeira: Teixeira had a big game at the plate. … Click here to read the rest

Game 107: Yankees 3, White Sox 2

Granderson started the third with a leadoff double to right.  Mark Teixeira followed with a single, putting runners on the corners.  Cano hit into a double play, but it allowed Granderson to score, giving the Yankees a 3-0 edge.  The White Sox had a chance in the bottom of the inning, as Gordon Beckham singled to left and moved to second on a sac bunt.  Brent Morel then lined a ball to second, where Cano made a great catch and dove towards second for the unassisted double play.

CC Sabathia looked good early, but Chicago broke through in the fourth.  Juan Pierre singled to start things and Alexei Ramirez homered to put cut the Yankees’ lead to one.  Ramirez hit a double to left in the sixth, but a nice catch by Nick Swisher and another strikeout from Dunn kept the score 3-2.

Bronx Cheers:
Nick Swisher: Swisher went 0-4 with two strikeouts.

Francisco Cervelli: Cervelli went 0-3 with two strikeouts and two runners left on base.… Click here to read the rest

Game 106: Orioles 2, Yankees 4

Derek Jeter was hit in the hand by a pitch in the bottom of the inning, an injury that would lead to his exit before his next at bat.  In the fourth inning, Eric Chavez walked and Russell Martin reached on an error.  Eduardo Nunez singled to left, loading the bases for Brett Gardner.  Gardner grounded a triple to right, clearing the bases and putting the Yankees ahead.  Curtis Granderson grounded out, but Gardner scored and the Yankees held a 4-1 lead.

Adam Jones gave the Orioles a chance to rally in the top of the sixth as he singled to left.  He stole second and scored on a single by Vladimir Guerrero.  The Pinstripes had a chance to get some insurance in the bottom of the inning, when Martin and Nunez were walked with no outs.  Gardner, Francisco Cervelli and Granderson went down in order to end the threat.  The Yankees held on, however, and took the 4-2 victory.

Things You Don’t See Everyday…Or Ever:
Francisco Cervelli made his first professional appearance as a second baseman Sunday.  … Click here to read the rest

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

Tampa came up empty against Charlotte, losing 7-0:
Charlotte used four singles in the first to take a 2-0 lead and didn’t let up, adding two more runs in the second.  Tampa had a chance in the top of the second, when Kyle Roller led off with a double to right, but the Yankees couldn’t capitalize on the chance.  The Stone Crabs ended up with a 7-0 victory at the end of the day, as the Yankees could never put together a rally.  Abraham Almonte went 2-4 with a pair of doubles.  Brett Marshall struggled on the mound, going just 5.2 innings and giving up seven runs (six earned) and twelve hits.

Charleston dropped a 5-3 game to Greenville:
The Drive drew first blood, as a couple leadoff walks turned into a couple runs.  The RiverDogs got on the board when Shane Brown singled and scored on a double by Taylor Grote.  Greenville added three runs in the fifth, putting Charleston down 5-1.  … Click here to read the rest

The Farm Report: 7/30/11

Tampa ended up on the wrong side of extra innings, losing to Charlott 5-3 in the eleventh:
Tampa drew first blood, after Kelvin Castro scored on a ground out in the bottom of the fifth.  The inning ended with Cody Johnson getting called out on strikes and then being ejected by the home plate umpire.  The Stone Crabs scored two runs in the top of the sixth, giving them their first lead of the day.  Hector Rabago reached on an error in the bottom of the inning and Abraham Almonte was hit by a pitch.  Castro followed with a double, scoring both of them.  Charlotte scored a run in the top of the ninth to tie the game and send the teams in to extra baseball for the second day in a row.  Joaquin Hinojosa walked Michael Sheridan to start the eleventh and gave up a single to Matthew Hall.  Mark Thomas was intentionally walked and Omar Luna singled him in, giving Charlotte a 4-3 lead.  … Click here to read the rest

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

Trenton lost 3-2 to Richmond:
Trenton drew first blood, as Raymond Kruml singled to start and stole second.  He moved to third on Corban Joseph’s groundout.  Austin Romine singled and the Thunder had a 1-0 lead.  Richmond got their first lead of the evening in the fifth.  Juan Perez singled and stole second.  He moved to third on an error by Joseph, which put Sharlon Schoop on first.  Perez scored on a groundout, tying the game, and Richmond pulled ahead on a single by Francisco Peguero.  Trenton got the run back in the bottom of the inning, as Joseph hit a RBI double.  The game stayed tied until the eighth, when Chris Dominguez hit a solo homer to put the Flying Squirrels in front again.  Trenton was unable to score in the late innings and took a 3-2 loss.

Kruml went 2-5 with two runs scored.  Austin Romine was 3-4 with a double and a RBI.  Corban Joseph went 2-4 with a double and a RBI.  … Click here to read the rest