VSL Cardinals Report: August 9, 2009

The Venezuelan Summer League Cardinals' 2009 season ended Saturday with a 34-35 record.

The Venezuelan Summer League Cardinals started the week off ending a three-game skid with a two-game winning streak, but ended the season losing their final three games.  The Redbirds finish the 2009 season one game under .500 with a 34-35 mark and 13.5 games out of first place, seven out of the championship game.  The Cardinals were 18-17 at home and 16-18 on the road.


Beginning the period, the Cardinals hosted the Mets.  The Redbirds pitching was dominant through the whole contest holding the Mets to three hits and no runs.  The Cardinals plated one run in the first, third, fourth, and eighth and easily slipped by the Mets 4-0.


The Cardinals then welcomed in the Phillies in the next contest.  For the second consecutive game, the Cardinals pitching was on point and held the Phils to four hits and only one run.  The Phillies were the first to plate runners but the Redbirds added two in the second and fourth even taking advantage of a Phillies error.  The Cardinals held off the Phillies for a 2-1 victory.


After a day off, the Cardinals went on the road to take on the Mets.  The Cardinals took an early lead in scoring one in the first, but the Mets answered back plating three for the lead in the bottom half of the inning.  The Redbirds made a short-lived comeback scoring two in the fifth but came up short as the Mets got revenge with a 5-3 win.


The Cardinals stayed on the road and took on the Mariners in the following game.  The Redbirds starting pitcher struggled, coughing up the early lead and five runs to the M's.  The game then went scoreless for the next five frames until the M's added three more runs in the seventh inning.  The Mariners easily won the game by a 9-4 score.


The Rays, who were eying the championship game, visited the Cardinals for a pair to end the week and season.  The Cardinals jumped out in front scoring two in the second but the Rays answered back with two in the third and fourth innings. The Redbirds bullpen was called on in the fifth and let two inherited runners score.  The Rays held off the Cardinals for a 4-2 win.


The final game of the season for the Cardinals and second game of the doubleheader with the Rays was canceled.  The Rays clinched a spot in the VSL championship game with the win in the first contest, so the second game was not necessary.


Ending On A Positive Note


Limbert Rivas ended his season on a five-game hitting and six-game on base streak.  The 19-year old right-handed hitter went 4-for-11 (.364) with two doubles, one RBI, five walks, one strikeout, and was caught stealing twice.  He split four games between first base and catcher assisted in one double play, allowing two stolen bases, and throwing out one runner. The Cardinals' February 15, 2008 international signing finished with a .319 batting average, six doubles, one triple, two home runs, 13 RBIs, and 13 runs scored.


Wilfred Vivas had his hitting streak halted at ten games, but extended his on base streak to 15 games to round out the year.  The 19-year old right-handed hitter went 5-for-15 (.333) with one RBI, four runs, three walks, one stolen base, and was picked off once.  He played one game at shortstop, one at second base (helped turn one double play and committed one fielding error), and three as the team's designated hitter.  The Cardinals' February 14, 2007 international signing batted .302 with two doubles, one triple, five RBIs, and scored 12 runs in the 17 games he was allowed to play after serving his 50-game suspension.


Anthony Fonseca was able to extend his on base streak to 16 games to finish off the 2009 season.  The 20-year old right-handed hitter went 3-for-11 (.273) with one RBI, two runs, and three strikeouts.  He played all three of his games in centerfield committing one fielding error and showing off the cannon with one outfield assist.  The Cardinals' February 11, 2007 international signing batted .288 with four doubles, four home runs, 22 RBIs, and 33 runs in 57 games.


Ildemaro Vargas had his eight-game on base streak snapped in the final game of the year.  The 18-year old right-handed hitter went 3-for-7 (.429) with one double, one RBI, two walks, one hit by pitch, one stolen base, and one strikeout.  He played all three of his games at second base.  The Cardinals' 2008 in-season international signing finished the season with a .264 mark with seven doubles, four triples, one home run, 13 RBIs, and 22 runs in 52 games.


Kaizer Inojoza was the only Cardinals to drive in more than two runs during the week, and had a five-game on base streak and four-game hitting streak to end the season.  The 18-year old right-handed hitter went 3-for-14 (.214) with two doubles, three RBIs, one run, and two strikeouts.  He played all three games in right field for the team.  The Cardinals' July 3, 2007 international signing finished the season with a .233 batting average, eight doubles, three triples, five home runs, 25 RBIs, and 30 runs scored in 51 games.


Osmir Medina managed to turn it around and build on a hitting streak that ended the season at five games.  The 18-year old right-handed hitter went 4-for-9 (.444) with one double, one triple, two RBIs, one run, one walk, one hit by pitch, four strikeouts, and was picked off once.  He played all three of his games at shortstop, not committing an error, and helping turn four double plays.  The Cardinals' February 27, 2009 international signing ended the season with a 207 batting average, five doubles, two triples, nine RBIs, and 19 runs in 45 games.


Deimer Bier was one of two starters (Carlos Oraa) to help out in the Cardinals winning ways this past week.  The 18-year old right-hander pitched six scoreless innings giving up two hits, one walk, and striking out five for his fifth winning decision on August 2.  The Cardinals' July 7, 2007 international signing had one of the best seasons for the team in the rotation, making 13 starts and posting a 5-3 record and 2.29 ERA while striking out 72 over 63 innings.


Moises Colorado bounced back in his last two outings after struggling in his two previous games.  The 19-year old left-hander made his first relief appearance on August 3, pitching two hitless and scoreless innings, walking one, and striking gout three for his second hold of the season.  The on August 7, Colorado was called to pitch one inning where he only gave up one walk.  The Cardinals' May 15, 2007 international signing finished the season with a 3-3 record and 4.33 ERA, striking out 45 over 43.2 innings in 18 games (six starts).


Hector Corpas earned six saves and picked up three winning decisions in his last ten games.  The 19-year old right-hander made his first relief appearance on August 2, pitching one hitless and scoreless inning and striking out one.  Corpas then was called on the next day to close out the game, pitching another hitless and scoreless inning for his ninth save of the season.  The Cardinals' May 31, 2007 international signing had a 3-2 record, 1.56 ERA, and nine saves in 16 games and struck out 30 over 34.2 innings.


Gregorio Ramos pretty much turned his whole entire season around after getting hit hard in the first two months.  The 19-year old right-hander made his only relief appearance on August 5th, picking the game up for a struggling Javier Avendano.  Ramos pitched two scoreless frames allowing three hits, one walk, and struck out two.  The Cardinals' October 30, 2007 international signing compiled a 1-0 record and 2.97 ERA in the months of July and August.


Little Or No Action In The Final Week


Both Angelo Echeverria (June 12) and Gerwuins Velazco (July 6) ended their seasons on the injured list.


Fernando Cedeno last pitched on July 26; Fabian Marquez on July 29; and John De Aguas, Jackson Solarte, and Ramon Ulacio hadn't made appearances since July 31.


Omar Viloria hadn't played since July 28.


Jose Cortez (August 3) and Carlos Yegues (August 2) only played in one game since July 26.


Alexander Castellano (August 2) only played in one game since July 28.


Former Cardinals Staying In Action


Former VSL Cardinals Wladimir Mendoza and Yonathan Sivira have been playing in a league entitled 'Liga Beisbel Tradicional De Carora' in Venezuela this summer.


Venezuelan Summer League Stats


The Cardinals hitting dropped again this past week from .257 to .256.  The Redbirds ranked second in strikeouts; fourth in home runs, walks, OBP, and OPS; fifth in total bases and SLG; sixth in runs, hits, doubles, RBIS, stolen bases, and batting average; and seventh in triples in the seven-team league.


The Cardinals pitching improved from a 3.88 mark to 3.84 and their WHIP dropped from 1.43 to 1.41.  The team ranked first in saves; second in holds; third in ERA, shut outs (tied), hits allowed, and WHIP; fourth in walks and strikeouts; fifth in runs allowed and earned runs; sixth in home runs allowed; and seventh in hit by pitches.


Hector Garcia was tied for sixth in doubles and ninth in SLG.

Ildemaro Vargas was tied for fourth in triples, tied for eighth in stolen bases, and fifth in caught stealing.

Kaizer Inojoza was tied for ninth in triples and tied for fifth in strikeouts.

Roberto Perez was tied for sixth in home runs and tied for first in walks.

Osmir Medina was tied for eighth in stolen bases.

Javier Avendano was tied for fourth in wins, second in ERA, eighth in innings pitched, tied for tenth in hits allowed, and tied for fifth in strikeouts.

Deimer Bier was tied for eight in wins, fourth in ERA, second in strikeouts, and tied for fifth in WHIP.

Carlos Oraa was tied for eighth in wins, tenth in ERA, tied for seventh in innings pitched, sixth in hits allowed, and tied for seventh in WHIP.

Hector Corpas was second in saves and sixth in game finishes.

Francisco Guzman was tied for third in saves and third in game finishes.

Sergio Nieves was ninth in innings pitched, second in hits allowed, tied for second runs allowed, and tied for seventh in earned runs.

Fernando Cedeno was tied for tenth in earned runs and first in holds.

Moises Colorado was tied for fourth in walks and tied for sixth in holds.


Records Vs. Opponents


Tigers 10-1

Mets 8-4

Phillies 8-4

Rays 4-7

Pirates 2-9

Mariners 2-10


Next Up


Florida Instructional League in the fall and Venezuelan Parallel Leagues in the winter.



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