Baysox again can't find offense Reading frustrates starter DuBois, 1-0

June 16, 1993|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff Writer

It took Brian DuBois three starts before finally earning his first decision with the Bowie Baysox last night.

But this wasn't the decision he was looking for.

The left-hander gave up just one run in seven innings, but he didn't get any offensive support and the Baysox lost to the Reading Phillies, 1-0, before 1,514 at Memorial Stadium.

The Baysox put runners on first and second with one out in the ninth against reliever Ricky Bottalico, but failed to score, giving them six losses in their past seven games.

DeBois was promoted from Single-A Frederick after making eight starts. He had a 6-2 record and led the Carolina League with a 1.55 ERA, warranting the jump to Double-A.

In his first appearance with the Baysox on June 5 against the London Tigers, the former Detroit Tiger allowed just one run in six innings, but his bullpen failed him and the Baysox lost, 3-1.

He wasn't as impressive in his next outing against Eastern League-leader Harrisburg on June 10, giving up seven hits, four walks and four runs in 4 2/3 innings. Again, he wasn't involved in the decision, and again, the Baysox lost.

Last night, he fell into immediate trouble, giving up three hits and a run in the opening inning. Facing a pitcher known for inducing ground balls, the Phillies rolled singles into right, center and left field.

The third hit, from Tom Nuneviller, barely eluded shortstop Sam Ferretti and gave Reading a lead that held up.

"I was happy with giving up one run, but I lost, and I'm not happy with that," said DuBois, who was replaced by Chuck Ricci to start the eighth inning. "I got the ball up. I couldn't get my curveball over. It hasn't been good since I got here. And I gave up a lot of hits with my changeup."

The Baysox (33-26) threatened in the bottom half of the inning, when Jim Wawruck singled with one out and T. R. Lewis followed with a double to left-center. But Brent Miller -- one of the team's hottest hitters this month -- and Edgar Alfonzo were retired.

DuBois allowed seven hits, walked two and struck out three. It was a performance worthy of more than he received.

"He certainly can spot his pitches, and he throws three pitches over for strikes," said Baysox manager Don Buford. "He's coming along fine. He's making a lot of progress."

Reading's Greg Brown (1-0) was even better last night. The right-hander escaped a couple of jams in the middle innings and departed after the sixth, giving up five hits. Bottalico pitched the final 1 1/3 innings to get his third save, striking out Wawruck with two men on.

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