Dubois' effort wasted, Baysox fall to London Winning streak ends at four, 3-1

June 06, 1993|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff Writer

Left-hander Brian Dubois received a passing grade from his manager last night, but not enough support from his teammates to make his pitching debut for the Bowie Baysox a complete success.

Dubois, recently called up from Single-A Frederick, departed after six strong innings with the score tied at 1. But reliever Tommy Taylor gave up a two-run double to the London Tigers' Brian Cornelius in the seventh, and the Baysox lost, 3-1, before 7,806 at Memorial Stadium.

Dubois allowed two hits and an unearned run, walked two and struck out five. He kept the ball in the infield, giving up just two fly-ball outs.

"I thought Brian threw fine out there. He had good control, he moved the ball around and he kept the hitters off-balance. It was a good outting," said manager Don Buford, whose team had won four in a row.

A former Orioles farmhand, Dubois was 3-9 in 18 major-league appearances with the Detroit Tigers before undergoing elbow surgery in September 1990. He was 6-2 at Frederick this year, and led the Carolina League with a 1.55 ERA, before joining the Baysox.

The only run off Dubois came in the sixth inning, after he walked No. 9 hitter Kirk Mendenhall and threw wildly to first on an attempted pickoff. Mendenhall hustled to third, and scored on a sacrifice fly to left by Shannon Penn that tied the score at 1.

"I thought I did OK, except I threw too many pitches; too many full counts," said Dubois. "I just went with Zaunie [catcher Gregg Zaun]. He knows the hitters here. I don't."

The Baysox (29-19) had gone ahead in the third inning on an opposite-field double to left by Jim Wawruck that scored Zaun.

Wawruck had extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a single in the first inning.

The Baysox couldn't do much more against London starter Ben Blomdahl (3-4), who had defeated Bowie, 5-2, last Sunday.

They nearly added to their lead in the fifth inning when Jason Alstead led off with a bunt single -- his fourth since joining Bowie from Triple-A Rochester -- and took second on a throwing error by Blomdahl. He got as far as third base, but Zaun lined out to shortstop Mendenhall, and Brad Tyler fouled out to third.

Bowie designated hitter T. R. Lewis singled up the middle with one out in the bottom of the sixth, but was picked off.

In the seventh, Bowie's Brent Miller led off with a single to center, but was wiped out when Alstead hit into a double play.

NOTES: The Baysox entered last night's game with an average attendance of 2,755, the fourth-highest total in the eight-team Eastern League. . . . The Baysox led the league with a .279 average, but have hit just three home runs in their past 13 games . . . . Left-hander Terry Farrar (1-2, 5.13) was placed on the disabled list with a sore shoulder, and Keys right-hander Dave Paveloff was promoted.

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