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.

Game 81: Yankees 5, Mets 2

The Yankees took their first game from the Mets at Citi Field Friday night, and didn’t let up on Saturday afternoon. Bartolo Colon made his return to the rotation and did not disappoint, shutting down the Mets while the Yankees used a couple long balls and a big sixth inning to end the first half of the season with a bang.  The Mets made a run in the ninth, but the Bombers took a 5-2 victory in the weekend series against their crosstown rivals.

The Yankees had a chance to get on the board in the third, when the suddenly hot Eduardo Nunez led off with a double.  Colon laid down a nice sac bunt to move Nunez to third. Brett Gardner hit the ball to first baseman Lucas Duda who threw out Nunez at the plate.  A ground out from Curtis Granderson ended the inning and the Yankees’ threat.

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Game 79: Brewers 0, Yankees 5

On Thursday afternoon, the Yankees had a chance to sweep the Milwaukee Brewers and they did not let it pass them by.  CC Sabathia and Mark Teixeira both had historic days, as Sabathia set a personal best for strikeouts in pinstripes and Teixeira knocked his way to another milestone.  The offense continued to put on a show as New York swept the Brewers out of the Bronx with a 5-0 victory.

Brett Gardner led off the bottom of the first with a walk and stole second base. Nick Swisher followed with a walk and both runners moved over with a double steal. Robinson Cano drove a double to left, plating two runs and giving the Yankees an early 2-0 lead.

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

It was a mixed bag for the Yankees’ farm teams today.   Overall, there was a fair amount of offense (except in Charleston…), but errors in the field hurt the lower level teams.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees drops third straight to Norfolk Tides 7-3:

Scranton leapt out to an early lead when Jesus Montero led off the second inning with a solo homer, followed by a triple by Mike Lamb who scored on a single by Brandon Laird.  Scranton hurler Adam Warren struggled in the bottom of the third, giving up a lead off single before issuing a walk and hitting Jake Fox with a pitch.  A singly by Brandon Snyder was followed by a double by Ryan Adams and Norfolk took a 4-2 lead.  Andrew Brackman’s struggles continued when he relieved Warren in the bottom of the sixth and gave up a two-run homer to Matt Angle.  Lamb hit a solo shot in the top of the seventh, but Norfolk got the run back in the bottom of the inning as the Yankees took a 7-3 loss and will look to avoid the sweep tomorrow.

General Notes:

  • Jesus Montero (C), Jorge Vazquez (1B) and Kevin Whelan (CP) were all elected to the International League All-Star team today.
  • Moving to the bullpen has done little for Andrew Brackman whose ERA is up to 7.91 now.  He’s given up 49 walks and struck out 51 this season.

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Game 77: Brewers 2, Yankees 12

The Yankees continued to put the hurt on the National League as they welcomed Zack Greinke and the Milwaukee Brewers to the Bronx.  The Yankees offense got going early and knocked the Brewers out of the game quickly as they took a 12-2 win to start the series.

Greinke did not start his return to the Bronx particularly well, as he hit Brett Gardner with a pitch to start the bottom of the first. Curtis Granderson followed with a fly ball to Nyjer Morgan, who misplayed the ball giving Grandy a triple and plating Gardner for the first run of the game.  A groundout from Mark Teixeira sent Granderson home and the Yankees took an early 2-0 lead.

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Game 76: Rockies 4, Yankees 6

The Bronx Bombers looked to continue their interleague success, as they attempted to take a series win over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday afternoon.  The Yankees offense was slow to start, but they powered their way to a 6-4 victory over the Rockies.

The Rockies got on the board first, with a solo shot by Ty Wigginton in the second inning. Juan Nicasio kept the Yankees guessing through the early innings, as they failed to get a runner on in the first four innings of the game.

Colorado put some space between them and the Yanks in the fifth inning. Chris Iannetta led off with a solo homer and Carlos Gonzalez drew a walk.  He stole second and moved to third on a ground out. Todd Helton then drove a sac fly to center, giving the Rockies a 3-0 lead.

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Game 73: Yankees 2, Reds 10

The Yankees pulled off a nice victory on Wednesday afternoon, but couldn’t complete the sweep of the Cincinnati Reds in the evening.  The Reds scored early and often, while the Yankees were stumped by Johnny Cueto, finally making his start against New York.  In the end, the Bombers took a 10-2 beating, as they head back to the Bronx.

Brian Gordon started the game in tough fashion, giving up a solo homer to Chris Heisey in the first at bat of the bottom of the first. Nick Swisher evened things up with a leadoff solo homer in the top of the second, but the 1-1 tie did not last long.  For the third straight half inning, the leadoff batter, in this case Jonny Gomes, hit a solo homer.  The game calmed down for a little while, as the Reds held a 2-1 lead through the fourth.

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Game 72: Yankees 4, Reds 2

After having their game rained out on Tuesday, the Yankees hit the diamond early on Wednesday for the first game of a doubleheader.  With many of their starters resting on the bench, the Yankees used a strong outing by Freddy Garcia and some timely hits to give them a 4-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds.

Garcia got into some trouble in the first inning, giving up a one out double to Brandon Phillips. Joey Votto worked a walk, but Garcia settled, striking out Jay Bruce before getting Scott Rolen to fly out to end the inning.

Mike Leake took the ball for the Reds, and the Yankees had him throwing lots of pitches early. Brett Gardner singled in the top of the third, and soon Leake not only was throwing a lot of pitches, but a lot of check throws to first as he tried to keep the Yankees’ speedy outfielder honest. Curtis Granderson grounded a single to right, moving Gardner to third. Nick Swisher followed by grounding out to first, while Votto tried to get Gardner at the plate, but the throw was too high for Ryan Hanigan to get the tag down.  Another run scored when Robinson Cano singled to left, giving the Pinstripes a 2-0 lead.

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Game 71: Yankees 5, Reds 3

The Yankees started a three game set against the Reds in Cincinnati Monday night, both teams got to the opposing pitchers early, before each settled down.  The Reds made it exciting in the end, but the Yankees kept their win streak going as they took a 5-3 victory.

The Bombers got on the board early, as Nick Swisher led off with a single to left. Mark Teixeira singled to center and Alex Rodriguez brought Swisher home with a single of his own. Robinson Cano doubled to left, plating Teixeira.  Rodriguez scored on a ground out by Russell Martin and Andruw Jones brought home the Pinstripes’ fourth run of the inning. Eduardo Nunez popped out, mercifully ending the inning for Travis Wood.

Ivan Nova had a slow start to the bottom of the first, giving up a lead off single to Drew Stubbs.  He stole second and moved to third on a single by Brandon Phillips.  Joey Votto hit a grounder to Cano who started the 4-6-3 double play, allowing Stubbs to score for the Reds first run of the game.  Nova got Jay Bruce to ground out to end the inning and the Yankees held a 4-1 edge.

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The Farm Report 06/20

My apologies for missing last week’s Farm Report, my car broke down while I was out of town and I found myself stranded for most of last week without my laptop…but I have returned and here is this week’s review of the Yankees’ farm teams.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (AAA):

The Yankees’ offense battered the Syracuse Chiefs Monday night, as a big third inning sent them to an 8-3 win.  Ramiro Pena knocked a RBI single and Jesus Montero added a three-run homer to give Scranton an early lead.  The Chiefs made it close, trailing by just one in the bottom of the fifth, but they were unable to do much else as the Yankees added some insurance en route to victory.

On Tuesday, Scranton went for the series victory as they sent Adam Warren to the mound in Syracuse.  A solo homer by Gregor Blanco gave the Chiefs an early lead in the first inning.  Kevin Russo kept his hot hitting alive in the top of the third, driving a double that plated two runs and gave the Yankees a lead.  Greg Golson drove in Russo and Scranton went ahead 3-1, a score that would hold as the Yankees took the series win.

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