VSL Cardinals Notebook: 2010 Week 11

The 2010 Venezuelan Summer League Cardinals head into their final week 19 games under .500. Gerwuins Velazco hit .471 last week and ended an seven-game hitting streak.

The Venezuelan Summer League Cardinals had their losing streak extended to four games to begin the week, then lost the final four games only winning one this period.  The team is 22-41 and fighting to keep out of the cellar with only one and a half games up on the last-place Tigers.  The club has been eliminated from post season play and has a 12-20 record at home and 10-21 on the road.


The Cardinals opened this period hosting the first-place Pirates.  The Bucs scored first and the Cardinals tied it up in the second before the Pirates laid on another four runs in the third and one in the fifth.  The Redbirds bullpen kept the Pirates scoreless for the final four frames as the team added on one in the seventh and two in the ninth.  The Cardinals late rally came up short as the Pirates won 6-4.  Jem Argenal doubled and drove in two runs.  Anderson Gerdel tossed three scoreless frames to end the game.


The Cardinals went on the road to take on the Rays for a doubleheader the next day.  The Cardinals took and held an early lead of 4-1 on into the seventh.  The Redbirds would plate two more runners, but the bullpen and fielders fell apart letting the Rays tied it up with five runs in the bottom of the seventh.  The game went into extra innings as the Rays scored the winner in the bottom of the tenth.  Gerwuins Velazco hit two home runs and drove in four runs. 


In the second game of the doubleheader between the Cardinals and the Rays, the Redbirds again jumped out in front with a 4-1 lead.  The Rays tied it up with two in the fourth and one in the fifth.  The Cardinals bullpen held the Rays scoreless in the last two innings as they put two more on the board for the 6-4 win.  The Rays walked nine Cardinals.  Limbert Rivas had two RBIs.


The Tigers came to town to take on the Cardinals in the next game.  The Tigers massacred the Redbirds as they scored eight in the fourth to make the score 9-1 early on and they weren't done yet.  The Cardinals coughed up another three runs in each of the sixth and seven innings and could only plate two more in the game.  The Tigers cruised to a 15-3 drubbing of the Redbirds.  Jem Argenal had two RBIs.


The Cardinals next contest with the Phillies was postponed and the team then had another day off as scheduled.


The Reds visited the Cardinals in what would be a continuation of the Tigers' smackdown.   The Redbirds scored three in the first before a combination of bad pitching and horrible fielding took over the game.  The Reds nailed down two in the second, eight in the third, and four in the fourth as the Cardinals bullpen could not take control.  The Redbirds scored three in the seventh but the Reds added another six runs in the final two frames for the 20-9 win.  Jem Argenal hit one home run and drove in five runs and Gerwuins Velazco had a homer and two RBIs. 


The Cardinals finished off this period with another doubleheader, this time at home against the Mariners.  In the first game, former Cardinal signee Vicente Campos shut down the Redbirds offense only allowing three hits and striking out eight.  The Mariners scored only two runs coming in the first but the Cardinals couldn't get anything across the plate and were shut out 2-0.  Geudy Guerra tossed three scoreless innings to end the game.


In the second game, the Cardinals held on a little bit better but errors bit the team in the rear end again.  The Mariners scored one in the second and added on another five in the third before the bullpen took control for four scoreless frames.  The Redbirds scored their four runs over the final three frames and lost 6-4.  Tharick Martines hit a two-run homer and Jose Gomez had a solo shot.  Alberth Almeida and Roberto Canache combined for the final four innings of scoreless ball.



Who's Hot


Gerwuins Velazco had his hitting streak snapped at seven games in the last contest of this period.  The 19-year old right-handed hitter went 8-for-17 (.471) with three home runs, eight RBIs, seven runs, two walks, and two strikeouts.  He played two games at catcher (allowed one stolen base), three at first base (assisted in one double play and committed one fielding error), and one as designated hitter.  The second-year VSL participant leads the team in RBIs and walks.


Jem Argenal picked up two multi-hit games during the past week.  The 18-year old left-handed hitter went 5-for-18 (.278) with one home run, seven RBIs, three runs, one walk, one stolen base, two sac flys, and grounded into one double play.  He played two games in left field (one fielding error), two in right (one throwing error), and two as designated hitter.  


Tharick Martines has a three-game hitting streak to add onto in the next week.  The 19-year old right-handed hitter went 4-for-12 (.333) with one home run, two RBIs, two runs, one walk, six strikeouts, and one caught stealing.  He played three games in right field, one in center (one fielding error), and one in left.


Anderson Gerdel put an end to his four-game streak of one or more earned runs in an appearance.  The 19-year old right-hander was called on for the July 25th contest and tossed three hitless relief innings allowing two walks and striking one out.  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 6-to-2.


Johnny Polanco has now extended his appearances without an earned run to three games.  The 18-year old right-hander came in for relief on July 26th and pitched three innings giving up two hits, one unearned run, two walks, hit one batter, and struck two out.  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 3-to-4.



Who's Not


Ramon Ulacio pitched his shortest outing of the year this past week.  The 19-year old right-hander made his latest start on July 30th and gave up nine hits, ten runs (four earned), one walk, hit one batter, and struck two out over 2.2 innings for the losing decision (2-6).  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 2-to-4.  The second-year VSL participant leads the team in innings pitched and losses.


Dail Villanueva has now given up two or more earned runs in seven of his last ten appearances.  The 20-year old left-hander started on July 25th and gave up four hits, five runs (four earned), three walks, and struck three out over four innings for the losing decision.  The he made his second start in the last day of this period and allowed six hits, six runs (three earned), two walks, committed one pickoff error, and struck one out over two innings for the losing decision (0-4).  He had a combined ground out-to-fly out ratio of 6-to-6.


Ismael Brito was hammered in his second start of the season.  The 17-year old left-hander appeared on July 27th coughing up eight hits, eight runs (seven earned), one walk, threw three wild pitches, and struck two out over 3.2 innings for the losing decision (1-3).  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 1-to-7.


Kevin Cueto has given up two or more earned runs in his last three appearances since returning from an injury.  The 16-year old right-hander was called on for relief in the July 27th game and pitched three innings allowing four hits, three earned runs, one walk, hit one batter, threw one wild pitch, and struck two out.  In His second game on July 30th, he gave up no hits, two earned runs, four walks, hit two batters, threw one wild pitch, and struck two out over two innings.  He had a combines ground out-to-fly out ratio of 7-to-4.


Edubray Ramos has been hit with two or more runs in his last five games this season.  The 17-year old right-hander made his first appearance on July 27th pitching 2.1 innings and allowing eight hits, four earned runs, one walk, hit one batter, and struck four out.  He then was called again for relief on July 30th and gave up three hits, four runs (two earned), threw one wild pitch, and committed one throwing error.  He had a combined ground out-to-fly out ratio of 3-to-1 and let both inherited runners score.



The Happenings


Jose Martinez, John DeAguas, and Carlos Oraa look like they will miss the season with the 2010 campaign coming to an end in the next week.


Jackson Solarte and Angelo Echeverria have been out since July 7th, Fermin Montanez since July 10th, Douglas Planchart since July 20th, and Silfredo Garcia since July 23rd.


Vicente Campos (Former MiLB Signing-Mariners) has made 12 starts posting a 7-2 record, 3.27 ERA, and one complete game shut out.  He's allowed 47 hits, 22 runs (20 earned), 17 walks, and struck 57 out over 55 innings.


Fabian Marquez (Former Johnson City) finished the 2010 season with a 4-9 record and 5.20 ERA in 16 appearances (13 starts).  He allowed 70 hits, 64 runs (46 earned), 80 walks, hit 13 batters, threw 17 wild pitches, and struck 88 out over 79.2 innings.  Marquez went 1-for-4 (.250) with four RBIs and one run in six plate appearances.  The CB Viladecans finished in seventh with a 15-21 record in the ten-team Spanish Baseball League.



Venezuelan Summer League Stats


The Cardinals are hitting .249 (sixth) with a .334 OBP (sixth), .341 SLG (fifth), and .675 OPS (sixth).  The team is second in home runs; tied for third in both triples and walks; fifth in runs scored, RBIs, and total bases; sixth in hits, doubles, and stolen bases; and seventh in caught stealing.


The Cardinals pitching has a 4.58 ERA (seventh) and 1.44 WHIP (fifth).  The team ranks first in earned runs and hit batters; second in losses and runs allowed; third in complete games and walks; fourth in shutouts, hits allowed, home runs, and strikeouts; sixth in wins; and seventh in saves.


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

Limbert Rivas is tied for ninth in batting average, tied for tenth in hits, fourth in walks, and tied for fifth in OBP.

Gerwuins Velazco is tied for ninth in runs scored, tied for eight in hits, tied for fourth in home runs, tied for fifth in RBIs, eighth in total bases, and third in walks.

Marlon Sucre is tied for ninth in runs scored, tied for tenth in hits, tied for seventh in doubles, second in home runs, and tied for fifth in total bases.

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

Jose Gomez is tied for tenth in triples.

Lainer Bueno is tenth in walks.

Deimer Bier is second in ERA, tied for tenth in innings pitch, first in strikeouts, and second in WHIP.

Silfredo Garcia is tied for first in complete games.

Ramon Ulacio is tied for second in innings pitched, and tied for eighth in WHIP.



Next Up (2010 Record, vs. Cardinals)


August 1: @ Pirates (43-18, 6-4)

August 2: Rays (34-29, 6-5)

August 3: @ Tigers (20-42, 6-5)

August 4: Phillies (28-32, 6-4)

August 5: Off Day

August 6: @ Reds (30-31, 8-2)

August 7: @ Mariners (40-24, 9-2)

August 8: Pirates (43-18, 6-4)

End of the season



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