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

Scranton beat Buffalo 6-3:
The Yankees got an early lead in the second when Jordan Parraz doubled with two outs and scored on a double by Luis Nunez.   Brandon Laird and Parraz hit back to back doubles to start the fourth, and Nunez hit his second RBI double of the evening, putting Scranton up 3-0.  Buffalo came back in the bottom of the inning, when Jason Botts walked and Joshua Satin singled.  Two runs scored on a single from Jesus Feliciano and the Yankees held a slim 3-2 lead.  Buffalo tied the game in the bottom of the sixth on a Valentino Pascucci homer, but the Yankees put together a big eighth inning to retake the lead.  Jorge Vazquez led off with a homer.  Laird singled and Parraz was hit by a pitch.  Nunez singled, followed by a RBI single from Doug Bernier.  Kevin Russo hit a sac fly and the Yankees took a 6-3 win.

Luis Nunez was 3-4 on the day with two doubles and two RBIs.  Parraz was 2-3 with three runs scored, two doubles and a RBI.  Buddy Carlyle pitched two hitless, scoreless innings and picked up the win, while starter Greg Smith went six innings and gave up three runs on nine hits, two walks and three strikeouts.

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Game 102: Mariners 9, Yankees 2

The Mariners’ losing streak screeched to a halt Wednesday afternoon, as King Felix stymied the Yankees offense. The game was close for much of the afternoon, but the New York bullpen was unable to keep the Bombers in it, as their offense looked anemic against the Seattle ace. While the Yankees won the series, the Mariners finally snapped a seventeen game losing streak with a 9-2 victory over the Pinstripes.

Both Felix Hernandez and Phil Hughes looked good early, but the Mariners broke through in the top of the third. Ichiro Suzuki hit a one out single and scored on a triple by Dustin Ackley, putting Seattle ahead 1-0. Jack Cust, Josh Bard and Ichiro started the fifth with singles, loading the bases. Ackley drove another RBI in with a lined single to left and the Mariners were ahead 2-0.

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Game 101: Mariners 1, Yankees 4

Riding a 16-game losing streak into Tuesday night’s game, the last thing Seattle needed was to see CC Sabathia at the top of his game.  Unfortunately for them, that is exactly what they got.  A couple short rain delays may have cost the big man a piece of history, but he dominated and the Yankees offense did their part as they took a 4-1 victory over the Mariners.

Sabathia was dealing right away, throwing a lot of hard strikes.  The Yankees bats stayed fairly quiet until the bottom of the fourth.  Curtis Granderson started the scoring with a solo homer to left, as the Bombers took a 1-0 lead.

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Game 100: Mariners 3, Yankees 10

New York greeted Seattle with a bit of rain, but after a two hour delay the game was underway and the Yankees got down to business.  The game was close to start, but the Pinstripes opened things up.  The Mariners managed little fight against Freddy Garcia, while the Yankees offense clicked, propelling them to a 10-3 win.

Curtis Granderson became the first baserunner of the evening, working a walk.  Mark Teixeira followed with a two-run homer to left and the Bombers were on the board with a 2-0 lead.

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Game 99: Athletics 5, Yankees 7



After dropping a close contest on Saturday, the Yankees took a big lead over Oakland on Sunday.  The bullpen struggled a bit in the late innings, but the Yankees held on for a 7-5 victory over the Athletics, despite some hot hitting by former Bomber Hideki Matsui.

Bartolo Colon looked sharp in the first inning, and got two quick outs in the second before getting in some trouble.  Kurt Suzuki doubled to left and Cliff Pennington hit a soft fly ball to right, which dropped in front of Nick Swisher.  Swisher tried to get Suzuki at the plate, but it took a short hop and the Athletics had the first run of the game while Pennington moved to second.  Eric Sogard doubled to center and Oakland took a 2-0 lead.

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Game 96: Yankees 1, Rays 2

With CC Sabathia and James Shields on the mound, Yankees and Rays fans got a pitcher’s duel Thursday night.  The Rays took a quick lead and held it as the Yankees struggled to give Sabathia any offense on his birthday.  In the end, the Rays managed to split the series with a 2-1 victory.

The Yankees got a couple runners in the first inning when Derek Jeter walked and Robinson Cano singled, but they were unable to score.  In the bottom of the inning, Sabathia got Ben Zobrist and Sean Rodriguez to fly out, before giving up a solo homer to Evan Longoria.  Upton went down, but the Rays were out in front 1-0.

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

Scranton beat Columbus 6-5:
The Yankees got on the board with a RBI single from Gustavo Molina in the second.  Kevin Russo drove a two-run double to left to give them a 3-0 lead.  Columbus scored their first run in the bottom of the third, but Scranton was far from done.  Austin Krum started the sixth with a double and scored on a grounder by Luis Nunez.  Russo doubled in the seventh, coming around to score and put the Yankees up 5-1.  Columbus put together a three-run rally in the bottom of the inning, but Jordan Parraz scored on a sac fly from Krum, putting the Yankees ahead 6-4.  Nick Johnson (yes, that Nick Johnson) homered for Columbus in the ninth, but it was not enough, as the Yankees took the win. Russo went 3-5 with a run scored, three doubles and two RBIs.  Krum went 3-3 with two runs scored, a double and a RBI.  Lance Pendleton got the win, going six innings and giving up just one run on three hits and two walks.

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Game 95: Yankees 4, Rays 0

Having split the first two games of this week’s series against the Rays, the Yankees had to find a way to beat the tough David Price.  The Bombers got on the board early and added some insurance late, while their pitchers kept the Rays from scoring and New York won 4-0.

Derek Jeter started the game with a single to left.  He stole second and Curtis Granderson drove a homer over the wall in right.  Price seemed to find his rhythm, however, and the Yankees were held to a 2-0 lead.

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

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Columbus 6-1:
The Yankees scored a run in the first, giving them an early lead they wouldn’t relinquish.  Scoring four runs in the third sealed their victory, as Columbus managed just one run in the eighth.  Kevin Russo went 3-4 with a run scored and a walk.  Jesus Montero went 1-4 with a run scored and three RBIs.  Ivan Nova was put on the DL today, but is expected to return fairly soon.

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