VSL Cardinals Notebook: 2010 Week 7

The Venezuelan Summer League Cardinals bookended four losses with opening and closing wins last week.

The Venezuelan Summer League Cardinals began this period by winning their first, then lost four in a row before ending the week off with a win.  The team is now 16-23 and ten games out of first.  They are 10-9 at home and 6-14 on the road.


The Cardinals opened the week with a home game against the Pirates.  The Bucs scored first in the third, but that was the only run they got across the plate.  The Redbirds plated three in the fourth to take the lead and didn't let up, scoring another five over the next three frames for an 8-1 victory.  Marlon Sucre drilled a two-run shot and Ronnierd Garcia hit a solo homer.  Deimer Bier struck out six over five and a third innings.


The Cardinals went on the road to visit the Rays in the next contest.  The Redbirds scored first on one of three errors by the Rays and that ended up being their only run of the game.  The Rays plated one in the third and and fourth innings then finalized it with two in the eighth for a 4-1 win.  Breyvic Valera drove in the only run.  Roberto Canache pitched three scoreless innings of relief.


The Tigers came to town to take on the Cardinals and extended their losing streak.  Both team had no trouble hitting the ball, but the Redbirds struggled to get runs early on.  The Tigers held a 6-1 lead heading into the bottom of the eighth when the Cardinals offense exploded, scoring four in the inning.  The Tigers plated one more run in the ninth and held off the Redbirds for a 7-5 win.  Ronnierd Garcia doubled and drove in two runs.  Ramon Ulacio gave up three runs and struck out five over six innings.


The Cardinals visited the Phillies on the next day, completing the June 16th game and playing the regularly scheduled one.  The June 16th game went a couple more innings before the Phlls plated the winner in the bottom of the 14th.  In the regularly scheduled contest, the Phillies scored four runs in the first and that was all they needed.  The Cardinals made a small comeback but still came up short losing 4-3.  Limbert Rivas had two RBIs and Ismael Brito tossed two scoreless relief innings.


The Cardinals got two days off after, with a scheduled off day and then their contest with the Reds was rained out.


All the Cardinals needed was two days off to end their losing streak at four games vs. the Mariners.  The contest was scoreless until the Redbirds plated four in the fifth.  The M's tried to make a comeback with three runs in the seventh but came up short as they fell to the Cardinals 4-3.  All the Redbirds' runs were scored on errors and Deimer Bier came through with six scoreless innings.   



Who's Hot


Breyvic Valera is back on target with a six-game hitting streak.  The 17-year old switch-hitter went 7-for-19 (.368) with one double, two RBIs, three runs, one hit by pitch, four stolen bases, one sac fly, three strikeouts, and grounded into one double play.  He played four games at second base (assisted in five double plays and committed one missed catch error) and one game as designated hitter.  The 2010 free agent signee leads the team in runs scored, hits, doubles (tied), triples (tied), stolen bases, SLG, AVG, and OPS.


Marlon Sucre has a three-game on base streak to work with in the next week.  The 20-year old right-handed hitter went 5-for-19 (.263) with one double, one home run, three RBIs, three runs, two walks, one stolen base, and five strikeouts.  He played four games in right field and one in left.  The four-year VSL veteran leads the team in doubles (tied), home runs, and total bases.


Ronnierd Garcia will look to extend his nine-game on base streak into the next week.  The 20-year old right-handed hitter went 4-for-16 (.250) with one double, one home run, three RBIs, four runs, one walk, one hit by pitch, and four strikeouts.  He played all five games at third base assisted in one double play and committed one fielding error. 


Deimer Bier made two incredible starts for the VSL Cardinals this past week.  The 19-year old right-hander started on June 27th and went 5 1/3 innings allowing five hits, one unearned run, one walk, committed one missed catch error, and struck six out for the winning decision.  The he tossed six scoreless innings on July 3rd, giving up only one walk and striking out two for this second win of this period.  His ground out-to fly out ratio was 5-to-17.  The July 2, 2007 signee leads the team in wins, innings pitched, strikeouts, WHIP, and leads all starters In ERA.


Roberto Canache extended his scoreless games to three this period.  The 20-year old right-hander pitched three innings on June 28th allowing one hit, no runs, and striking one out.  He then picked up his first career save on July 3rd, tossing 2.1 hitless/scoreless innings giving up three walks, and striking out two.  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 6-to-5 and held his only inherited runner on base.  The 2010 free agent signee has a 0.79 ERA and 0.97 WHIP in five outings this season.



Who's Not


Limbert Rivas will look to put an end to his three-game hitless streak.  The 20-year old right-handed hitter went 1-for-10 (.100) with three RBIs, four walks, and one sac fly.  He played all five games at first base, assisting in four double plays.  The February 15, 2008 signee leads the team in OBP.


Kevin Gonzalez made his professional debut on June 29th, and connected for his first and only hit to date on July 3rd.  The 17-year old right-handed hitter went 1-for-9 (.111) with one run, one walk, one hit by pitch, two strikeouts, and was picked off.  He played one game at shortstop (committing one fielding error) and two games at designated hitter.


Alberth Almeida had one great outing but struggled with control in his second.  The 18-year old right-hander pitched 2.2 scoreless innings on June 27th, allowing two hits and striking two out.  On July 3rd he was called on and gave up two hits, three earned runs, two walks, threw one wild pitch, and struck one out over two-thirds of an inning.  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 5-to-1 and held his only two inherited runners on base.


Dail Villanueva still continues to struggle since being added to the rotation.  The 20-year old left-hander made his latest start on June 30th giving up two hits, four earned runs, four walks, hit one batter, and threw two wild pitches for the losing decision (0-2).  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 6-to-6. 


Johnny Polanco had his unearned run outings streak ended at three this week.  The 18-year old right-hander was called on during the June 28th game and gave up two hits, two runs (one earned), two walks, threw one wild pitch, and struck one out.  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 2-to-0.



The Happenings


Jose Martinez and John DeAguas both are still out of action.  It was learned earlier in the week that DeAguas is dealing with some arm/shoulder problems and does hope to return before the end of the season.


Silfredo Garcia has been out of action since June 20th; Manuel Marquez since June 25th; Anderson Gerdel, Geudy Guerra, Kevin Cueto, and Angelo Echeverria since June 26th.


Jose Perez returned to action after missing 27 days.  The 17-year old right-hander pitched one inning allowing one hit, one earned run, and striking out two on June 29th.


Vicente Campos (Former MiLB Signing-Mariners) has made seven starts posting a 4-1 record and 3.94 ERA.  He's allowed 29 hits, 16 runs (14 earned), ten walks, and struck out 31 over 32 innings.



July 2nd Signings Reported from Venezuela


Athletics - Renato Nunez, third baseman

Athletics - Anderson Mata, left-handed pitcher

Athletics - Jose Torres, left-handed pitcher

Phillies - Francisco Silva, shortstop

Tigers - Danry Vasquez, catcher

Rockies - Jose Torres, left-handed pitcher (same name, different pitcher)



Venezuelan Summer League Stats


The Cardinals are batting .252 (5th) with a .341 OBP (4th), .338 SLG (6th), and .680 OPS (4th).  The team is second in walks and strikeouts; third in runs scored and doubles; fourth in hits, RBIs, and caught stealing; fifth in home runs and total bases; sixth in stolen bases; and seventh in triples.


The Cardinals pitching has a 4.40 ERA (7th) with a 1.38 WHIP (4th).  The team is second in losses and shutouts (tied); third in runs allowed and hit batters; fourth in walks; fifth in saves, hits allowed, and strikeouts; sixth in wins; and seventh in home runs allowed.


Breyvic Valera is fourth in batting average, tied for fourth in runs scored, tied for second in hits, second in doubles, third in total bases, tied for eighth in walks, seventh in OBP, seventh in SLG, and eighth in OPS.

Marlon Sucre is seventh in runs scored, tied for eighth hits, tied for third in doubles, first in home runs, tied for third in RBIs, second in total bases, and sixth in SLG.

Jem Argenal is tied for sixth in doubles, tied for ninth in triples, tied for seventh in RBIs, and tied for ninth in total bases.

Gerwuins Velazco is tied for third in RBIs and tied for seventh in walks.

Lainer Bueno is tied for fourth in walks.

Limbert Rivas is tied for fourth in walks and fifth in OBP.

Deimer Bier is second in ERA, tied for second in wins, fourth in innings pitched, first in strikeouts, and third in WHIP.

Fermin Montanez is fifth in ERA, second in innings pitched, and seventh in WHIP.

Silfredo Garcia is tied for first in complete games.

Anderson Gerdel is tied for eighth in saves.

Ramon Ulacio is sixth in innings pitched and sixth in WHIP.



Up Next (2010 Record, vs. Cardinals)


July 4: @ Pirates - Doubleheader (25-12, 0-3)

July 5: Rays (20-19, 3-2)

July 6: @ Tigers (15-23, 3-4)

July 7: Phillies (18-19, 3-3)

July 8: Off Day

July 9: @ Reds - Doubleheader (18-22, 5-1)

July 10: @ Mariners (23-17, 5-2)



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