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Rosenbaum finally a winner for Suns again

July 15, 2010|By BOB PARASILITI

HAGERSTOWN -- This time, Daniel Rosenbaum could bear to watch.

Hagerstown's starting pitcher stayed in the dugout after six innings of work -- half to cheer his teammates, half to make sure he had something to cheer.

Rosenbaum won for the first time since April 8 -- opening day -- on Wednesday, using a huge boost from third baseman Justino Cuevas to notch a 5-3 victory over the Rome Braves at Municipal Stadium.

Rosenbaum allowed two earned runs and struck out seven in six innings, while Cuevas supplied a three-run double in the fourth and four stunning defensive plays to give the starting pitcher something to see.

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"I was kind of (hanging around the dugout)," Rosenbaum said. "It' been awhile ... 2 1/2 months. But with the way we were playing -- 10 hits and five runs -- I couldn't ask for more. It's a good feeling."

The only place Rosenbaum's season would be considered hard luck is with his record, now 2-5. He is carrying a 2.32 ERA and has struck out 85 in 102 2/3 innings. And despite the one win in the first half of the season, Rosenbaum was a South Atlantic League All-Star.

"It's been tough, but I was just trying to come out and give my team a chance to win," the left-hander said. "Stats don't mean a lot on this level. It's all about development and becoming a good teammate."

Rome (10-10, 40-49) got to Rosenbaum early to build a 3-0 lead.

The Braves picked up a run in the third as Edward Salcedo drew a leadoff walk, moved to third on Matt Weaver's double and scored on Ramon Flores' sacrifice fly.

Rome made it 3-0 in the fourth on an RBI single by Christian Bethancourt and a sacrifice fly by Salcedo, which was set up by a Francisco Soriano throwing error.

"I was throwing well in the first two innings," Rosenbaum said. "Then I got in a little bit of a problem and had to adjust."

The Suns (8-12, 44-46) used some porous defense by Rome to get back into the game against Braves starter Cory Rasmus (6-5). Destin Hood started the rally in the fourth by reaching base when first baseman Riaan Spanjer-Furstenburg dropped a throw. Hagerstown loaded the bases on a one-out single by Brett Newsome and a walk to Sandy Leon.

Eury Perez followed with a grounder to Salcedo at short, who tried to start a double play before fielding the ball, which scored Hood.

Cuevas hit Rasmus' first-pitch down the third-base line for a base-clearing double and a 4-3 lead.

Hagerstown picked up an insurance run in the sixth as Perez led off with a bunt single, stole second, took third on Jeff Kobernus' sacrifice bunt and scored on Soriano's sacrifice fly.

Ben Graham allowed one hit over two innings and Dean Weaver came on for his 13th save in the ninth to secure Rosenbaum's win. Cuevas made sure of it.

Cuevas, who was replacing the injured Steven Souza, turned three tough grounders into outs -- including one on a barehanded grab on Phil Gosselin's slow bouncer to lead off the eighth -- and caught a line drive on a reaction play to help seal the win.

"Cuevas is great defensively," Rosenbaum said. "I played with him last year and he is so smooth."

Perez and Hood had two hits each to lead the Suns.

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