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Published: Monday, 8/30/2004

Hens' Roney takes first Triple-A victory


INDIANAPOLIS - After banging out nine hits in a 13-1 loss on Saturday night, the Toledo Mud Hens made seven hits stand up for a 3-1 win over the Indianapolis Indians yesterday.

Starting pitcher Matt Roney got his first Triple-A win of the year, yielding only a single run over seven innings.

"He gave us a very nice outing," said manager Larry Parrish. "He did a [great] job when we had [runners at] second and third and nobody out. That was a big inning."

Roney retired 12 of the first 13 hitters he faced, but ran into trouble in the fifth. After a leadoff walk to Mark Johnson he gave up a double to Brandon Gemoll. But Roney induced a ground ball to the mound, looked Johnson back, then threw to first for the first out. He then got a pop-up to short and struck out Steve Scarborough to end the threat.

"The key factor was having runners at second and third and them not scoring," said outfielder Eric Owens.

The Hens didn't put a lot of hits together, but they used them to good advantage. In the fourth, Danny Klassen led off with a single and scored on a double from Warren Morris.

In the eighth with the game tied at 1, Brant Ust singled and scored on a triple from Guillermo Rodriguez. Morris then singled home Rodriguez.

Toledo backed Roney with some standout defense. Chad Alexander made a couple of long runs to catch twisting line drives in left field, and third baseman Ust made a barehanded scoop and throw to first base for the first out of the ninth inning.

Probably the best play came from second baseman Rayner Bautista, who made a diving stop on a ball up the middle in the seventh to keep the damage at one run.

"To me, that's one of the things we haven't done real well [in August]," said Parrish. "Our last two wins we played good defense.

"Your defense is always better when guys throw strikes and don't go so deep in the count."

Franklyn German came on in the ninth for his 26th save, but not without some drama.

After getting the first two batters out, German gave up consecutive singles to Alex Delgado and Peter Bergeron. Pitching coach Jeff Jones made a mound visit to dispense some advice.

"I said, 'If you don't get this guy out, I'm going to kill you,' " Jones said. "[Actually] I just told him those two hits don't mean anything and to start using his split more."

German then struck out Scarborough to end the game.

"We got timely hitting today and great pitching," said Owens. "That's how we're going to have to win now because we're not hitting a lot of home runs."

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