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: 7/28/11

Trenton dropped an 8-3 game against the Richmond Flying Squirrels:
Trenton got an early lead, as Corban Joseph reached on an error in the first.  he moved to third on a single by Robert Lyerly and scored on a line drive to left by Melky Mesa.  The 1-0 edge held through the early innings, but the Squirrels busted out in the sixth.  They led off the inning with three singles.  Dellin Betances then walked in Richmond’s first run, before giving up another single.  Richmond did not stop there, as Chris Dominguez grounded a single to center, plating two more runs and Pat Venditte was called on to relieve Betances.  An error by Joseph allowed another runner to score and the Squirrels leapt out to a 5-1 lead.  Trenton added a run in the eighth, but a three-run ninth for Richmond put the Thunder in a deep hole, as they went on to lose 8-3.

Melky Mesa went 2-4 with a run scored and a RBI.  … Click here to read the rest

Game 102: Mariners 9, Yankees 2

The Yankees finally got on the board in the bottom of the fifth.  Russell Martin singled to start and moved to third on a grounder by Eduardo Nunez.  Brett Gardner worked a walk and Martin scored on a sac fly by Derek Jeter.

Hughes lasted six innings, and the Yankees bullpen blew up in the seventh.  Ichiro lead off with a double to center and Brendan Ryan singled to short.  A throwing error by Robinson Cano allowed Ichiro to score and Ackley to reach first safely.  Justin Smoak worked a walk and Mike Carp cleared the bases with a triple.  Franklin Gutierrez capped off the inning with a RBI double and the Mariners surged ahead 7-1.

Curtis Granderson led off the eighth with a double to right.  He moved to third on a groundout by Teixeira and scored when Cano grounded out  to short.  Unfortunately, the Mariners added a couple more runs in the top of the ninth and the Yankees took a 9-2 loss.… Click here to read the rest

Game 101: Mariners 1, Yankees 4

New York strung together hits to start the bottom of the fifth.  Nick Swisher led off with a single to center.  Jorge Posada lined one to to left and Eric Chavez, just back from his lengthy stint on the DL, plated Swisher with a single to center.  Francisco Cervelli made the first out of the inning, but Brett Gardner followed with a RBI single to give the Yankees a 3-0 edge.

Sabathia had retired every batter he faced through five innings and struck out Mike Carp to begin the sixth when rain took over the Bronx.  After a 30 minute delay, the Yankees and Sabathia got back on the field to pursue perfection.  The big southpaw retired the next two batters and struck out Ichiro Suzuki to begin the seventh.  Brendan Ryan then connected with a single to left to break up the perfect game.  Sabathia didn’t let it faze him, however, as he struck out the next two batters.

In the eighth inning, Sabathia seemed to lose steam.  … Click here to read the rest

Game 100: Mariners 3, Yankees 10

Seattle struck in the third, when Justin Smoak lined a double to center and moved to third on a single by Franklin Gutierrez, as the Mariners threatened for the first time Monday.  Ichiro Suzuki drove a sac fly to center and Smoak scored, making the score 2-1.  The Yankees got the run back in the bottom of the inning, with a solo homer by Derek Jeter.

The Yankees broke the game open in the bottom of the fourth.  Russell Martin reached on a fielding error and Andruw Jones followed with a single.  Eduardo Nunez lined a single to center, plating Martin and moving Jones to third.  Brett Gardner connected with a single to right, bringing another Yankee home.  A throwing error by the Seattle second baseman allowed Jeter to reach safely and Nunez to cross the plate.  Granderson drove a sac fly to center, bringing Gardner home and a single from Teixeira topped off the Bombers big inning.  They added another run in the sixth, putting the score at 9-1.… Click here to read the rest

Game 99: Athletics 5, Yankees 7

The Yankees put together their own two-out rally in the bottom of the second.  Russell Martin singled to center and stole second.  Andruw Jones followed by lining a RBI single to center and the Yankees trailed 2-1.

Colon was back on track from the third inning on, and the Yankees struck again in the bottom of the fourth.  After getting two outs, Martin was hit by a pitch.  Jones worked a walk and Eduardo Nunez hit a long fly ball for a double, giving the Yankees a 3-2 lead.

The Bombers poured it on in the bottom of the fifth.  Derek Jeter worked a leadoff walk and Curtis Granderson connected with his 27the homer of the year.  Mark Teixeira followed with a single to center and he moved to second when Robinson Cano grounded out. Martin singled, putting runners on the corners and Jones hit a RBI single to make it 6-2.

As the eighth inning began, rain poured in the Bronx and David Robertson took over on the mound. … Click here to read the rest

Game 96: Yankees 1, Rays 2

Both Shields and Sabathia kept the offenses guessing, never allowing more than one baserunner an inning for much of the game.  In the bottom of the fifth, however, Sabathia got in some trouble.  He allowed a walk to Eliot johnson who scored when Sam Fuld drove a triple to right, giving the Rays a 2-0 lead.

Jeter drove a one out double to center in the eighth, waking up the Yankees’ offense a bit.  Mark Teixeira popped out to third, but Cano knocked a double down the right field line, plating Jeter for the Yankees’ lone run of the game.  In the top of the ninth Russell Martin singled to left, but Eduardo Nunez and Curtis Granderson were unable to do anything, each striking out as the Rays took the 2-1 win.

Bronx Cheers:
Mark Teixeira: Teix went 0-4 with two runners left on base.

Nick Swisher: Swisher went 0-4 with a strikeout and four runners left on base.

Curtain Calls:
Robinson Cano: Robbie went 2-3 with a RBI and a walk.… Click here to read the rest

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.  … Click here to read the rest

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. … Click here to read the rest

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.  … Click here to read the rest