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: 7/21/11 – A good day for everyone, except Trenton

Trenton lost 8-6 to Bowie:
Raymond Kruml doubled to start the game and scored on a single by Austin Romine.  Bowie came back and scored a run in the bottom of the inning to keep it tied 1-1.  Robert Lyerly doubled to center, plating two runs in the third, but Bowie answered.  Xavier Avery made it to second on an error by Lyerly and scored on a single by Greg Miclat.  Luke Scott followed with a two-run homer and Bowie had their first lead of the evening.  A solo homer by Zoilo Almonte tied the game again and Trenton went ahead in the fifth when they scored two runs.  The lead did not last long, as Scott hit a big double in the bottom of the inning and the Baysox scored three runs to put Bowie up 7-6.  Scott hit a solo homer in the bottom of the seventh to secure Bowie’s win.  Kruml went 2-5 with three runs scored and a double.  …

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Game 95: Yankees 4, Rays 0

Freddy Garcia gave up back-to-back singles to Kotchman and Longoria in the first, but was able to keep the Rays scoreless.  He gave up a couple singles in the third as well, but Tampa again came up empty.  Johnny Damon singled to center in the fifth and Kotchman doubled, putting runners on second and third.  Evan Longoria followed with a long fly ball to center, and Granderson caught it, crashing into the wall.

The Rays had another opportunity to score in the seventh.  Sean Rodriguez laid down a bunt that rolled foul before coming back and hitting the corner of third.  Garcia got the next two hitters out, but Robinson Chirinos reached when Eduardo Nunez committed an error, putting runners on the corners.  Garcia was pulled for Boone Logan, who struck out Kotchman to end the threat.

The Yankees added some insurance in the ninth.  Nick Swisher took a one out walk.  Russell Martin also worked a base on balls.  Both runners moved over on a groundout by Chris Dickerson. …

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The Farm Report: 7/20/11 – Lots of wins and Chavez continues his rehab

Trenton outlasted Erie with a walk-off 13-12 win in the ninth:
The Thunder scored first, when Austin Romine hit a solo homer in the first.  They added another run in the second, but the Seawolves tied the game in the fourth.  A homer by Robert Lyerly put the Thunder in front again, but Erie scored seven runs in the top of the sixth, giving them a 9-3 edge.  Trenton did not let the game get away from them, however, as they scored three runs in the sixth and retook the lead with a four-run seventh.  The lead changed again, as Erie plated three runs in the eighth for a 12-10 edge.  Corban Joseph started the bottom of the ninth with a single to left.  Romine walked and Lyerly hit a RBI single.  Melky Mesa reached on an error, allowing Romine to score the tying run.  Zoilo Almonte then singled to left for a walk-off victory.   Romine went 3-4 with four runs scored and two RBIs.  …

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Game 94: Yankees 2, Rays 3

Colon had Tampa hitters baffled early, though the Rays finally got to him in the fifth.  Sam Fuld tripled to center with one out.  Reid Brignac lined a single to right and the Rays were on the board, trailing the Yankees 2-1.  Russell Martin caught Brignac stealing and Colon struck out Damon to end the inning and the threat.

The Yankees had an opportunity to add to their lead in the seventh.  With two outs, Brett Gardner singled to center and stole second.  Eduardo Nunez worked a walk and with two speedy players on base, the Yankees pulled off a double steal before Derek Jeter grounded the ball back to first to end the inning.

Colon struck out B.J. Upton to start the bottom of the inning, but gave up back-to-back singles to Robinson Chirinos and Sean Rodriguez.  Joe Girardi then called on Boone Logan, while the Rays replaced Fuld with Justin Ruggiano, who hit a high fly ball to center. …

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The Farm Report: 7/19/11 – Nova goes down, Chavez and Soriano work their way back.

Trenton beat Erie 9-2:
Erie got on the board first, scoring a run in the top of the second.  Trenton came storming back in the bottom of the inning, as the Robert Lyerly doubled and Melky Mesa followed with a single.  Zoilo Almonte hit a RBI double and Jose Pirela hit a sac fly to right.  An RBI Addison Maruszak singled in Almonte and the Thunder held a 3-1 edge.  Erie added another run in the sixth, making the game close, but the Thunder use two three-run innings to take a commanding 9-2 victory from the SeaWolves.  Lyerly, Mesa and Almonte each went 3-5, with Lyerly picking up two runs scored and two doubles.  Shaeffer Hall threw eight innings for Trenton, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out six.  Pat Venditte also had a scoreless, hitless inning of relief.

Tampa got knocked around by Jupiter, 11-0:
The Tampa Yankees scraped together three hits, while Jupiter scored eleven runs on fourteen hits.   …

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Game 93: Yankees 5, Rays 4

The New York lead did not last long, as Burnett struggled to find his rhythm early in the game.  Johnny Damon led off with a walk and Ben Zobrist followed by lining a single to right.  Evan Longoria doubled to center, plating two runs and giving Tampa Bay the lead.  Casey Kotchman singled to center, putting runners on the corners.  B.J. Upton grounded the ball to first and Teixeira started a double play for the first Rays’ outs of the game.  Rodriguez tapped a ball back towards Burnett, who fielded it before making an awkward and unsuccessful throw to first, allowing Longoria to score for a 3-1 Rays lead.

Burnett did not look much better in the second, giving up a double to Robinson Chirinos.  He came back and struck out Elliot Johnson and Damon before walking Zobrist and Longoria to load the bases.  Kotchman singled to short, plating another run and giving Tampa a 4-1 edge.

Brett Gardner started the fifth with a walk and stole second. …

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Game 89: Yankees 7, Blue Jays 16

The Blue Jays added another run in the bottom of the second.  Lind leadoff with a double to left.  Encarnacion drove a liner to right for an RBI single, giving Toronto a 9-0 lead.

The Pinstripes finally found their bats in the top of the third.  Andruw Jones drove a solo homer to left center, giving the Yankees a quick run.  Brett Gardner singled to short and Derek Jeter worked a walk.  Curtis Granderson the tripled, as Eric Thames struggled to make the play on his line drive to right.  Mark Teixeira grounded out, but Granderson crossed the plate and the Yankees were down 9-4.

The Bombers continued to claw their way back in the sixth.  Nick Swisher, who was robbed earlier in the game, leadoff with a single.  Russell Martin lined a single to left and Jones hit his second homer of the game, making it a 9-7 game in Toronto’s favor.

Toronto got a couple runs back, when Hector Noesi gave up a couple singles in the bottom of the inning. …

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Prospect Profile: D.J. Mitchell

Mitchell started his professional career in Charleston, going 4-1 over 37 innings for the RiverDogs.  He had a 1.95 ERA, allowing just six walks and striking out 42.  This earned his a quick promotion to Tampa, where he continued to impress.  He rounded out the 2009 season going 8-6 over 103.1 innings in Tampa, with a 2.87 ERA.  His walks went up, allowing 38 free passes, but Mitchell continued to tally up the Ks, striking out 93.

After some smooth sailing, Mitchell finally had a few bumps in his road to the majors last season.  Starting the year in Trenton, Mitchell struggled with his mechanics, issuing a career high 45 walks before the All-Star Break.  Mitchell seemed to get things under control after the break, allowing just nineteen walks the rest of the season.  Despite his 4.06 ERA and early control problems, Mitchell earned another promotion, ending the 2010 season in Scranton.  He went 2-0 over 17.2 innings with a 3.57 ERA and a 2.58 FIP.…

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The Farm Report: 7/13/11

Charleston drops another to Greensboro 11-6:
The Grasshoppers had an 11-2 lead before Charleston scored four runs in the seventh.  Unfortunately, the RiverDogs were unable to add to that score as Greensboro took another win over Charleston.   Eduardo Sosa had a hot bat, going 4-5, but he did not score or drive in a run.  Garrison Lassiter and Jose Mojica each went 2-4.  Meanwhile, Scottie Allen continued to get pummeled, giving up seven runs on ten hits over just four innings.

Staten Island beat State College 9-2:
The Yankees scored early and often on Wednesday.  Mason Williams led off with a single and scored on a groundout by Zachary Wilson.  Casey Stevenson took advantage of an error and a passed ball, giving Staten Island a 2-0 lead.  In the fourth, Stevenson homered giving the Yankees a 4-1 edge.  By the end of the night, Staten Island had a convincing 9-2 victory, thanks not only to Stevenson, but big nights by Williams and Wilson.   …

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