VSL Cardinals Notebook: 2010 Week Three

Josh Jones' weekly report on the 2010 Venezuelan Summer League Cardinals season. The club is 3-12.

The Venezuelan Summer League Cardinals did end their seven-game losing streak from the previous week, but lost their last four games played after.  The Redbirds are 3-12 (six out of first), 2-6 at home and 1-6 on the road.


The Cardinals hosted the Pirates in the opening game of this period.  The Redbirds received stellar pitching from their staff and were able to put a couple runs on the board for the 2-0 win, including taking advantage of an error.  Deimer Bier hurled five scoreless followed by a bullpen that pitched another four-hitless innings.  Marlon Sucre had two doubles with Breyvic Valera had a double and RBI.


The Cardinals put the first run on the board against the home-team Rays.  The Rays however added two runs to take the lead.  Each team added another run apiece, with the Rays winning a close game at 3-2.  Both teams committed three errors each.  Sucre connected for his first home run of the season and Jhohan Acevedo added a double.  The Cards bullpen combined for four scoreless innings.


The Cardinals were supposed to welcome in the Tigers, but storms rained out the game.


The Phillies broke out the bats as the Cardinals came to town to win 13-7.  The Phils tacked on five runs to take the lead in the second.  They then added on another seven runs over the next three frames to put the Redbirds down 12-3.  The Cardinals made a late rally in the top of the ninth for four runs.  Gerwuins Velazco had two hits and one RBI.  Jackson Solarte pitched two and a third scoreless, but did allow both inherited runners to score.


The Reds came to town and exchanged blows with the Cardinals until the home team was knocked down.  The Reds put three on in the first then added on another four runs to take the lead 7-6.  Both teams plated three runs each in the seventh, but the Reds pushed two more across in the ninth for the victory.  Valera legged out the teams first triple and drove in three runs.  Sucre doubled and drove in two runs and Velazco hit a two-run home run.


For the finale of the period, the Cardinals hosted the Mariners in another close one.  The Mariners scored four in the first four frames and holding the Redbirds to one run.  The Cardinals tacked on three in the sixth, but let two get by in the seventh for the 6-4 loss.  Jem Argenal drove in two runs and Velazco had a double and RBI.  Dail Villanueva pitched two scoreless for the Cardinals.



Who's Hot


Breyvic Valera will take a 15-game on base streak on into the next week.  The 17-year old switch-hitter went 6-for-18 (.333) with two doubles, one triple, five RBIs, four runs, two walks, one hit by pitch, one strikeout, and grounded into two double plays.  He played four games at second base and split one game at second and shortstop, assisting in two double plays.  He currently leads the team in most offensive categories.


Gerwuins Velazco will carry a four-game hitting and six-game on base streak into the next period.  The 19-year old right-handed hitter went 6-for-16 (.375) with one double, one home run, four RBIs, three runs, four walks, and five strikeouts.  He played four games at catcher and one as designated hitter.  The second-year VSL participant threw out one-of-three base stealing attempts, assisted in one double play, and committed one pickoff error.


Marlon Sucre collected a hit in all five games played this past week.  The 20-year old right-hnaded hitter went 6-for-20 (.300) with three doubles, one home run, four RBIs, three runs, one walk, and four strikeouts.  He played four games in left field and one in right field (one outfield assist).


Deimer Bier is pretty much back on track to where he ended last season.  The 19-year old right-hander tossed five scoreless on May 30th for the winning decision.  He allowed just two hits and struck out five.   His grounded out-to-fly out ratio was 4-to-5.  Bier is tied for team lead in strikeouts and has the best WHIP among pitchers that have made two or more appearances.


Jhontan Escudero had a little walking issue, but still managed to get the outs in his two games pitched.  The 17-year old right-hander allowed no hits or runs, three walks, hit one batter, and struck out two over 1.1 innings for the hold on May 30th.  Then on  June 4th, he threw 1.2 scoreless innings giving up no hits, three walks, and striking out one.  His ground out-to-fly out ratio for both appearances were 1-to-4.  He has only allowed two runs in nine innings pitched this season.



Who's Not


Lainer Bueno will look to break a two-game hitless streak next period.  The 19-year old right-handed hitter went 1-for-16 (.063) with two runs, five walks, one stolen base, and four strikeouts.  He played four games at shortstop (assisting in one double play and committing one fielding and throwing error) and one at second base.


Jem Argenal has gone on a slump since the first week of the season.  The 18-year old left-handed hitter went 3-for-20 (.150) with three RBIs, one runs, one walk, three strikeouts, one strikeout, and one caught stealing/pick off.  He played four games in right field (one outfield assist) and one at designated hitter.


Ramon Ulacio was knocked out early in his latest start.  The 19-year old right-hander started on June 4th allowing nine hits, seven earned runs, one walk, one hit by pitch, threw two wild pitches, and struck three out for the losing decision.  His ground out-to-fly out ratio was 5-to-1. 


Silfredo Garcia has the third worst ERA among the starting rotation.  The 18-year old right-hander made his start on June 5th allowing seven hits, four earned runs, hit one batter, struck out one, and picked one runner off.  His ground out-to-fly out ratio was 7-to-1.


Jose Perez has the worst ERA and has logged the least amount of innings among the starting rotation.  The 16-year old right-hander made his start on June 2nd tossing 3.1 innings and giving up five hits, eight runs (six earned), two walks, hit three batters, and threw one wild pitch.  His ground out-to-fly out ratio was 3-to-6.





Dail Villanueava was activated from the suspended list on June 2nd and made two relief appearances this past week.


Jackson Solarte made his 2010 debut on June 2nd.


Jose Martinez and John De Aguas have to play this season.


Edubray Ramos has been out of action since May 18th, Geudy Guerra since May 24th, Johnny Polanco since May 26th, Hayrich Martina since May 31st, and Tharick Martines since June 2.



Venezuelan Summer League Stats


The Cardinals are batting .240 (6th in the league) with a .321 OBP (6th), .306 SLG (6th) , and .626 OPS (6th).  The team is second in doubles; tied for third in caught stealing; fourth in runs scored, home runs (tied), and walks; fifth in hits, RBIs, and total bases, and seventh in stolen bases.


The Cardinals pitching has a 5.65 ERA (7th in the league) and 1.47 WHIP (5th) on the season.  The team is first in hits allowed, runs allowed, earned runs, hit batters, and shutouts (tied); second in strikeouts; and third in walks.


Breyvic Valera is third in batting average, tied for third in runs, tied for first in hits, tied for fifth in doubles, tied for second in triples, tied for third in total bases, fourth in OBP, tenth in SLG, and sixth in OPS.

Limbert Rivas is sixth in batting average, tied for fifth in home runs, third in OBP, and seventh in OPS.

Lainer Bueno is tied for eighth in runs and tied for sixth in walks.

Gerwuins Velazco is tied for ninth in hits, tied for second in doubles, tied for fifth in home runs, first in RBIs, tied for ninth in total bases, and tied for ninth in walks.

Ronnierd Garcia is tied for ninth in hits.

Marlon Sucre is tied for fifth in doubles and tied for fifth in home runs.

Jem Argenal is tied for tenth in RBIs.

Douglas Planchart and Deimer Bier is tied, with others, for sixth in strikeouts.



Up Next (Overall, vs. Cardinals)


June 6: Doubleheader @ Pirates (7-6, 0-1)

June 7: Rays (7-6, 3-0)

June 8: @ Tigers (7-7, 1-1)

June 9: Phillies (8-6, 2-1)

June 10: Off Day

June 11: @ Reds (9-6, 3-0)

June 12: @ Mariners (9-7, 3-0)



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