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

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. … Click here to read the rest

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. … Click here to read the rest

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. … Click here to read the rest

Game 77: Brewers 2, Yankees 12

In the bottom of the second, the Yankees offense got to Greinke. Eduardo Nunez led off the inning with a single and Gardner followed with a walk.  Granderson lined out and Teixeira grounded out, plating Nunez and moving Gardner to third. Alex Rodriguez worked a walk and a single from Robinson Cano gave the Yankees another run. Nick Swisher, who has heated up lately, drove a three-run shot to right center and the Yankees were up 7-0 after just two innings.

Freddy Garcia kept the Brewers’ offense quiet until the fourth inning. Prince Fielder got Milwaukee’s bats going with a single to right. Casey McGehee followed with a single, but was out at second on a fielder’s choice by Corey HartMat Gamel singled to right, scoring the Brewer’s first run. Yuniesky Betancourt flied out to right, allowing Hart to score.  Swisher threw in to home, but Martin got Gamel out at second to end the inning with the Yankees up 7-2.… Click here to read the rest

Game 76: Rockies 4, Yankees 6

The Yankees bats woke up in the bottom of the fifth, however. Robinson Cano got the Bombers started with a single, the first New York hit of the game. Nick Swisher then drove a two-run homer into the stands in right, plating the Yankees’ first runs. Jorge Posada followed with his own bomb, tying the game at 3-3, and continuing to distance himself from his early season slump.

Wigginton drove out his second homer of the game in the top of the sixth, as Colorado retook their lead, but the Yankees got the run back in the bottom of the inning. Brett Gardner laid down a well-placed drag bunt to second, to start the Yankees.  He stole second and Curtis Granderson worked a walk. Mark Teixeira grounded the ball back to the pitcher, who threw out Granderson at second, putting runners on the corners with one out.  A single from Alex Rodriguez, and the game was tied again, at 4-4.… Click here to read the rest

Game 73: Yankees 2, Reds 10

Cincy got some breathing room in the fifth, as Paul Janish singled to center and Heisey hit another homer, giving the Reds a 4-1 lead.  The Yankees had few opportunities to climb back in the game, as Cueto managed to keep them off the bases.  In the top of the seventh the Yankees finally had a chance. Alex Rodriguez led off with a single and Swisher worked a walk.  An error landed Robinson Cano safely on first, giving the Yankees loaded bases with just one out. Ramiro Pena grounded into a force out, with Joey Votto throwing out Rodriguez a home. Jorge Posada then grounded out to end the inning and the Yankees’ threat.

After escaping the top of the seventh, the Reds abused Hector Noesi, who came in in relief.  After striking out Ramon Hernandez, Noesi gave up a single to Miguel Cairo.  Janish followed with a single of his own and Cairo scored on a double by Scott Rolen. … Click here to read the rest

Game 72: Yankees 4, Reds 2

The Reds got on the board in the bottom of the fifth, taking advantage of some defensive miscues by some of the Yankees young players. Drew Stubbs led off the inning and was safe at first when Ramiro Pena made a throwing error. Edgar Renteria followed with a single to left, moving Stubbs to third.  Hanigan then grounded the ball to third and Pena easily had Stubbs at home, except he made another ugly throw, this one bouncing in the dirt. Francisco Cervelli didn’t help him much, as the ball bounced off his chest and Stubbs was safe for Cincinnati’s first run of the game.  Leake bunted the batters over, for the second out of the inning, and Fred Lewis drove a sac fly to the outfield, tying the game 2-2.

A single by Cano gave the Bombers a runner in the top of the sixth. Jorge Posada then connected with his first homerun since April, as he put New York back on top, 4-2.… Click here to read the rest

Game 71: Yankees 5, Reds 3

Nova and Wood both took over after the first inning, giving both offenses few chances to add runs.  The Reds pulled Wood for Jose Arredondo in the eighth.  He walked Curtis Granderson to start the inning and the Yankees’ centerfielder stole second and moved to third when the Reds’ shortstop, Paul Janish, was unable to catch a nice throw by Ryan Hanigan.  Granderson scored on a wild pitch and the Yankees took a 5-1 lead.

In the bottom of the ninth, Luis Ayala came in for Nova, giving up a single to Phillips.  Boone Logan came in and hit Votto with a pitch, promptly getting the hook as the Yankees called on Mariano Rivera for the save.  Bruce grounded out, moving the runners and a single by Scott Rolen pushed a run across the plate.  Nunez made a great diving stop to keep the ball from getting to the outfield.  Chris Heisey hit a grounder up the middle, which resulted in an out at second and another run scored. … Click here to read the rest

The Farm Report 06/20

Kicking off a four game set against the streaking Columbus Clippers, the Yankees had to face off against an old friend.  Zach McAllister held the Yankees scoreless through four innings, but was knocked out early after a lengthy rain-delay.  Columbus seemed to find their bats during the down time, as they came back swinging hard.  David Phelps was handed the loss, though he gave up just one run before the rain.  Unfortunately, Lance Pendleton and Ryan Pope got shelled for seven runs over just 2.1 innings, putting the Yankees in a hole they couldn’t get out of as they took an 8-1 loss.

The Clippers beat up on Scranton Friday, as they jumped out to a 6-0 lead.  Another former Yankee helped Columbus, as Shelley Duncan plated the first run for the International League leading Clippers.  The Yankees put up a fight, with Russo and Golson doing their part to lead the Scranton comeback, but they came up short, taking a 6-5 loss.… Click here to read the rest