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: 7/7/11 Is there Pie in the Minors?

Trenton Thunder lose both games to Richmond:
After getting two quick outs, Roger Kieschnick singled to center for Richmond.  He stole second and scored the first run of the game on a single by Christ Dominguez.  The Thunder struck back quickly, as Bradley Suttle started the second with a single.  Jose Pirela homered and Trenton took a 2-1 lead.  Trenton held their lead as Dellin Betances dominated the Richmond lineup, but it fell apart in the seventh.  Pat Venditte blew the seventh inning save, giving up two walks to begin the inning.  The game was tied by a single from Juan Perez and a sac fly plated the winning run, giving Richmond a walk-off win.  Betances gave up just one run on four hits and picked up nine strikeouts.

In the second game, the Thunder found themselves on the short side of another close game.  Once again, Trenton drew first blood, but they only managed three hits for the game, including a RBI from Jose Gil.  …

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Game 85: Yankees 3, Indians 5

Hughes looked much better after his first inning, but struggled in the fifth.  He started the inning by hitting Cabrera with a pitch before striking out Hafner.  Sanata worked a walk and Grady Sizemore flied out to center.  Hughes then hit Orlando Cabrera to load the bases, before getting a fly ball from Lonnie Chisenhall to end the threat.

The Indians added another run in the seventh, when Chisenhall hit his first homer of his career, as Boone Logan struggled on the mound.  Sergio Mitre relieved Logan and did little to keep the Yankees in the game in the eighth.  He walked Austin Kearns and gave up a singled to Brantley.  Walking Hafner loaded the bases, and another walk to Santana pushed a run across the plate.  Sizemore drove a sac fly to center and Cleveland held a 5-0 edge as the Yankees had their last chance to score.

With Masterson finally out of the game, the Yankees offense finally showed some life.  …

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Game 84: Yankees 9, Indians 2

Granderson led off the fourth with another homer, his 25th of the season.  The Yankees had a chance to add even more to their lead, as Robinson Cano doubled with two outs. Swisher worked a walk, but Posada struck out to end the inning.

Sabathia had breezed through the first three innings, but got in trouble for the first time in the bottom of the fourth.  After striking out the first two hitters, Carlos Santana lined a single to right.  Orlando Cabrera singled to short, but Sabathia ended the threat by striking out Grady Sizemore.  Sabathia got himself into a jam again in the fifth, giving up a leadoff single to Austin Kearns and then walking Cord Phelps.  He then turned around and struck out the next three batters in order.

Already holding a big lead, the Yankees added some runs in the eighth.  Granderson started with a single.  Alex Rodriguez grounded a single to left and Cano doubled to center, plating Granderson.  …

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Game 83: Yankees 3, Indians 6

Both pitchers dominated the early innings, pitching 1-2-3 innings in the second, third and fourth.  Tomlin continued to put the Bombers down in order in the fifth and sixth, but Mark Teixeira broke through in the seventh with a single.  Robinson Cano hit a dribbler to third for a single and Nick Swisher drove a double to the gap in center, giving the Yankees the first runs of the evening.

While the Yankees held the early lead, the Tribe did not give in easily.  Burnett issued a one out walk to Grady Sizemore before striking out Orlando Cabrera.  Lonnie Chisenhall worked a walk to give Cleveland two on with two out and then a couple former Yankees came up big for the Indians.  Shelley Duncan singled to right, sending Sizemore home.  Austin Kearns followed with a homer that barely went over the right field wall and the Indians took a 4-2 edge.

Granderson drove a solo homer to left to put the Yankees down just one run, but Cory Wade couldn’t hold the Indians in the bottom of the eighth.  …

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The Farm Report 7/4/11

Trenton was rained out in the second inning and the game will be finished at a later date.

Tampa Yankees fall 12-5 to Daytona Cubs:
The game was tied 2-2 when Yankees pitching fell apart in the fifth.  Brett Marshall gave up three straight singles to start the inning and then hit Logan Watkins with a pitch.  Another single was followed by a double by Justin Boar, and Ronny Marte came in to try to stop the bleeding.  He did not fair much better, giving up a sac fly, two walks, a double, a triple and a grand slam. The Yankees actually had twelve hits in the game, while Daytona was more efficient, scoring twelve runs on eleven hits.  Neil Medchill went 3-4 with two runs scored, an RBI and a double.

Charleston RiverDogs lost to Augusta 5-2:
The GreenJackets capitalized on Charleston errors, taking an early 2-0 lead in the second after each of their first two batters were called safe due to RiverDogs’ errors.  …

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Game 82: Yankees 2, Mets 3 (10 innings)

Robinson Cano drove a leadoff double in the bottom of the fifth, giving the Bomber their first hit of the game.  A single to center by Nick Swisher plated the Yankees’ first run and the score was tied 1-1.  Ramiro Pena reached on an error, giving the Yankees a chance to take the lead.  Garcia bunted them over and Brett Gardner worked a walk to load the bases with two outs.  Unfortunately, Curtis Granderson grounded out and the score stayed.

Dickey came out of the game after the fifth with a leg injury, but the Yankees were slow to get at the Mets’ bullpen, but eventually they came through.  Gardner drove a triple to right in the eighth, scoring on a sac fly by Granderson and giving the Yankees their first lead of the game.  Sadly, it was short lived.

With Rivera on the mound for the ninth, the veteran closer got Beltran to strikeout and Murphy to groundout.  Jason Bay worked a walk and Lucas Duda singled to center, giving the Mets runners on the corners with two down.  …

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Game 81: Yankees 5, Mets 2

Colon proceeded to own the Mets, until he got into some trouble in the fifth. Jason Bay singled back to the mound and moved to second on a fly ball single by Duda. Josh Thole lined a single to left to load the bases, but the Mets’ pitcher Dillon Gee grounded the ball to Alex Rodriguez who started a nice double play to end the inning and get out of trouble.

The Pinstripes’ bats woke up in the sixth inning.  A solo homer by Granderson put the first run of the game on the board. Mark Teixeira followed with a single to center and Rodriguez singled to right. Robinson Cano then drove a triple down the line in right, plating two more runs.  A sac fly from Nick Swisher gave the Bombers a 4-0 lead, heading into the late innings.

The game stayed 4-0 until the ninth, when Nunez gave the Yankees a little more breathing room as he drove a solo homer to left center. …

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Game 79: Brewers 0, Yankees 5

The Yankees’ lead grew in the third inning, when hit his 300th career homerun, blasting the ball over the fence in left field. Cano was hit by a pitch and moved to second on a one out single by Andruw Jones. Eduardo Nunez flew out, moving Cano to third and Francisco Cervelli singled him in, putting the Bombers up 4-0.

Chris Dickerson gave the Yankees another chance to score, when he was called safe at first in the eighth inning, thanks to a missed catch by Brewer’s pitcher John Axford.  Dickerson stole second and moved to third on a ground out by Nunez.  Cervelli then singled to center, plating Dickerson and giving the Yankees a 5-0 win.

Bronx Cheers:
Eduardo Nunez: Nunez went 0-4 and stranded six runners on base.

Ramiro Pena: Pena continues to struggle at the plate in the majors, going 0-3 and leaving three runners on base.

Curtain Calls:
CC Sabathia: The Yankees ace went 7.2 innings, scattering six hits and giving up no runs. …

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The Farm Report: 6/30/11 – Beware of Errors!

Trenton Thunder beat Altoona Curve 8-6:

The Thunder used two big innings to kick off a victory against Altoona.  RBI doubles by Corban Joseph and Melky Mesa put Trenton up 4-1 after the first.  Altoona tied it up on a three-run homer by Starling Marte in the top of the second, but the Thunder came roaring back in the bottom of the inning.  Raymond Kruml singled and stole second, moving to third on a single from Joseph.  Austin Romine singled him in and scored along with Joseph when Bradley Suttle grounded a single to center.  Altoona picked up a couple runs in the sixth, but Trenton held on to take an 8-6 win. Joseph and Kruml both went 3-5 while Romine, Cody Johnson and Mesa each picked up a pair of hits.  Steve Garrison got the win despite allowing six runs (five earned) on seven hits over just five innings.

Tampa Yankees was postponed due to rain.

Charleston RiverDogs lost the final game of the series to the Augusta Green Jackets 5-1:

Shane Green pitched five innings and gave up five runs on eight hits. …

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