VSL Cardinals Notebook: 2010 Week 10

The Venezuelan Summer League Cardinals continue to struggle and are now 14 games under .500.

The Venezuelan Summer League Cardinals extended their losing streak to six games at the beginning of this period and ended it on a two-game downward spiral.  The team is 21-35, sixth place in the league, and 16 and half games out of first.  The Cardinals are five games away from being eliminated from playoff consideration with 14 games to go in the 2010 season.  The club is 12-15 at home and 9-20 on the road.


The Cardinals opened this period hosting the Rays.  The Rays were the first to score, with four runs combined in the second and third innings. Their pitching coughed up hits but managed to hold the Redbirds scoreless between the third and eighth innings.  The Cardinals lost 4-2.  Jem Argenal and Ronnierd Garcia each drove in one run.  Geudy Guerra pitched two scoreless innings to round out the game.


The Cardinals went on the road to take on the Tigers in a nail biter.  Like their last contest, the Cardinals and their opponents hit but did not score too many runs.  The Redbirds scored first with two runs in the third but went absent for the final nine innings.  The Tigers scored two in the eighth to tie it up.  The game went into extras where the Tigers hit a walk-off homer for the 3-2 victory.  Limbert Rivas and Tharick Martines each drove in one run.  Deimer Bier struck out six over five scoreless frames and Kender Villegas added another two innings without a run.


The Cardinals welcomed in the Phillies for the next game.  The Redbirds capitalized getting one runs off the Phils' six errors committed during the game.  The Cardinals scored three runs in each of the first three frames for a 9-0 lead but the Phillies made a comeback with one in the third and six in the sixth inning.  The Cardinals added on another two runs to safely take the game 11-7.  Breyvic Valera and Jose Gomez each had a triple and two RBIs and Hayrich Martina doubled with one RBI.  

The Reds hosted the Cardinals in the following contest.  The Reds started the game off with three runs in the first and added on anther two runs, one in the third and one in the sixth.  The Redbirds were silent until the seventh when they managed to plate their only run of the game.  The Reds won 5-1.  Jem Argenal drove in the team's only run and Johnny Polanco struck out three over two scoreless innings to finish off the contest.


The Cardinals ended this period with a road trip to face the Mariners.  As in the past, former Cardinal signee Vicente Campos flashed the kryponite at the Redbirds.  Campos started, struck out seven, and didn't allow a run over five innings.  The M's held an early lead of 4-0 and the Cardinals finally got in the game, hitting up their opponents bullpen.  The Redbirds came within reaching distance as they scored three times but the Mariners tacked on another three in the bottom half of the seventh for the 7-3 win.  Limbert Rivas, Gerwuins Velazco, and Marlon Sucre each had an RBI.



Who's Hot


Breyvic Valera has a four-game hitting streak with the last three being multi-hit.  The 17-year old switch-hitter went 8-for-14 (.571) with one double, three triples, two RBIs, three runs, one stolen base, and one strikeout.  He played three games at shortstop (assisted in one double play and committed on fielding error) and moved into centerfield on July 20th.  Valera leads the team in runs scored, hits, doubles, triples, total bases, stolen bases, SLG, batting average, and OPS.  He has not played the last two games.


Limbert Rivas had his hitting streak snapped at 14-games on the last day of this period.  The 20-year old right-handed hitter went 6-for-21 (.286) with three RBIs, two runs, three runs, one sac fly, and grounded into one double play.  He played two games at catcher (threw out two of four runners) and three at first base (assisted in three double plays, committed on missed catch and one pickoff error).  Rivas leads the team in walks (tied) and OBP.


Jose Gomez returned to action after missing 12 days and extended his on base streak to seven games.  The 18-year old right-handed hitter went 4-for-10 (.400) with one triple, two RBIs, three runs, one hit b pitch, one stolen base, and one strikeout.  He played two games as designated hitter and one behind the plate (allowed three stolen bases and committed one throwing error).


Marlon Sucre will look to add onto his five-game hitting streak in the next week.  The 20-year old right-handed hitter went 5-for-13 (.385) with one double, one RBI, two runs, one stolen base, one strikeout, and grounded into one double play.  He played two games in left and one in right field.  Sucre leads the team in home runs and RBIs.


Hayrich Martina has a four-game on base streak to work on in the next period.  The 19-year old right-handed hitter went 5-for-13 (.385) with one double, two RBIs, four runs, and one strikeout.  He played two games at second base (assisted in one double play and one fielding error) and one in left field.


Gerwuins Velazco picked up two multi-hit games during the last week.  The 19-year old right-handed hitter went 6-for-16 (.375) with two doubles, one RBI, one run, two walks, and four strikeouts.  He played two games at first base, two at catcher (assisted in one double play, one passed ball, one throwing error, and allowed two stolen bases), and one as designated hitter. Velazco is tied for the team lead in walks.


Deimer Bier bounced back from a small hiccup two weeks ago.  The 19-year old right-hander started on July 20th tossing five scoreless innings and allowing three hits, one walk, threw one wild pitch, struck six out, and picked off one runner.  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 3-to-3.  Bier leads the team in wins, ERA among starters, strikeouts, and WHIP.



Who's Not


Jhohan Acevedo only mustered out one hit during the last period.  The 17-year old right-handed hitter went 1-for-15 with (.067) with six strikeouts.  He played four games in centerfield.  Acevedo leads the team in strikeouts.


Kevin Gonzalez wore the sombrero for the week.  The 17-year old right-handed hitter went 0-for-11 (.000) with one RBI, one hit by pitch, four strikeouts, and grounded into one double play.  He played two games at second base (assisted in two double plays), one game as designated hitter, and one at shortstop.


Jhonatan Escudero was thumped once again in the starter role.  The 17-year old right-hander started on July 23rd pitching four innings and allowing five hits, four earned runs, one walk, and struck out four for the losing decision (0-4).  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 1-to-6.  As a starter, Escudero has given up 18 hits, 17 runs (12earned), 12 walks, and struck out eight over 14 innings in five starts.


Anderson Gerdel continues to struggle this season coughing up four or more runs in three of his last four appearances.  The 18-year old right-hander had his turn in the stating tandem on July 19th, pitching four innings and allowed six hits, four earned runs, two walks, and struck one out for the losing decision (0-2).  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 5-to-4.  In two starts this season, Gerdel has given up 11 hits, five earned runs, three walks, and struck out five over 7.1 innings.


Edubray Ramos, like Gerdel, is having trouble finding his way this season even dealing with injuries.  The 17-year old right-hander gave up one hit, two earned runs, one home run, one walk, and struck one out over three innings on July 21st.  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 2-to-6 and let all three inherited runners score.  Ramos has allowed two or more runs in four of six games pitched this season, only going beyond two innings twice this season.



The Happenings


Jose Martinez (elbow injury) and John DeAguas (arm/shoulder) both look like they may miss the entire 2010 season.  2009 team-leader in innings pitched Carlos Oraa will also miss the entire 2010 season with an elbow injury.


Jackson Solarte and Angelo Echeverria have not played since July 7th and Fermin Montanez has been out since July 10th.


Kevin Cueto returned to action on July 21st after being out since July 9th.  The 17-year old right-hander pitched two innings and allowed no hits, four earned runs, five walks, and struck out one.


Ismael Brito returned to action on July 21st after being out since July 10th.  The 17-year old left-hander made his first start of the season and gave up three hits, one earned run, three walks, and struck one out.


Geudy Guerra returned to action on July 19th after being out since July 9th.  The 17-year old right-hander made two appearances the past week allowing four hits, five runs (two earned), and two walks over 4.1 innings.


Vicente Campos (Former MiLB Signing-Mariners) has made 11 starts posting a 6-2 record and 3.67 ERA.  He's allowed 44 hits, 22 runs (20 earned), 16 walks, and struck out 49 over 49 innings.


Jonathan Sivira (Former Quad Cities) and Wilmer Alvarado (Former Quad Cities) are representing Venezuela in the Central American/Caribbean Games.


Wilmer Alvarado played in five games going 4-for-14 (.285) with three doubles, one run, five strikeouts, .500 SLG for Torrellas in the Beisbol Tradicional League in Venezuela.  Torrellas has advanced to the championship game with a 5-0 record.


Jonathan Sivira played in a couple games going 2-for-7 (.285) with one run, one walk, and .285 SLG for Buenos Aires in the Biesbol Tradicional League in Venezuela.  Buenos Aires is 2-2 and in second place.


Wladimir Mendoza (Former Johnson City) played in five games going 0-for-13 (.000) with five strikeouts and .000 SLG for Buenas Aires in the Tradicional League in Venezuela.


Sandy Alderson visited with MLB and Venezuelan officials this past week to discuss hall of fame, economic, and performance enhancing drugs situations going on the country.  The VSL has seen two organizations pull out in the last two years, Astros in 2009 and Mets in 2010.



International Signings


The Oakland Athletics signed right-hander Argy Raga and third baseman/outfielder Jesus Rivas.


The Washington Nationals signed Cuban right-hander Yuniesky Maya, but still wait for him to receive his visa so he can come to the United States and take an organizational physical.



Venzeuelan Summer League Stats


The Cardinals are batting .251 (sixth) with a .332 OBP (sixth), .339 SLG (fifth), and .671 OPS (sixth).  The team ranks third in triples, home runs, and strikeouts; fourth in hits and walks; fifth in runs scored, doubles, and total bases; sixth in RBIs and stolen bases; and seventh in caught stealing (league best).


The Cardinals have a 4.39 ERA (sixth) and 1.39 WHIP (fourth).  The team ranks first in hit batters; second in losses, earned runs, and runs allowed; third in complete games, shut outs, and walks; fourth in strikeouts; fifth in hits and home runs allowed; sixth in wins; and seventh in saves.


Breyvic Valera is second in batting average, third in runs scored, third in hits, second in doubles, tied for second in triples, second in total bases, tied for sixth in stolen bases, seventh in OBP, third in SLG, and third in OPS.

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

Limbert Rivas is ninth in hits, tied for fifth in walks, sixth in OBP, and seventh in OPS.

Gerwuins Velazco is tied for tenth in doubles, eighth in RBIs, and seventh in walks.

Jose Gomez is tied for seventh in triples.

Jem Argenal is tied for seventh in triples, tied for tenth in home runs, and tied for ninth in RBIs.

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

Silfredo Garcia is tied for first in complete games.

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



Up Next (2010 record, vs. Cardinals)


July 25: Pirates (37-18, 5-4)

July 26: @ Rays for doubleheader (32-24, 5-4)

July 27: Tigers (19-37, 5-5)

July 28: @ Phillies (27-27, 6-4)

July 29: Off Day

July 30: Reds (25-30, 7-2)

July 31: Mariners (33-23, 7-2)



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