DuBois, Baysox roll past Mets

August 02, 1993|By Brian Fishman | Brian Fishman,Staff Writer

Brian DuBois' road back to the major leagues took another positive turn yesterday.

DuBois, who hasn't pitched in the majors since 1990 with the Detroit Tigers, threw a three-hitter at the Binghamton Mets, helping the Bowie Baysox break a four-game losing streak with an 8-3 victory in front of 3,732 at Memorial Stadium.

He gave up just one run in seven innings and improved his record to 4-1. In doing so, DuBois retired 19 of the last 21 batters he faced.

Two of the first three Mets singled, but after that DuBois gave up only a fifth-inning single to Frank Jacobs (DuBois picked him off) and a seventh-inning walk to Alan Zinter.

"I thought I did a good job establishing myself today," said DuBois, who has pitched at least six innings in nine of his past 11 starts. "I had my changeup working well. Each time I go out there I try to get another pitch going for me."

DuBois is 10-3 overall -- he was 6-2 with a 1.55 ERA for the Single-A Frederick Keys before being promoted -- and said he is ahead of schedule in trying to return from reconstructive surgery on his left elbow in September 1990, an injury that kept him out for two seasons.

"He pitched a very good game," Bowie manager Don Buford said. "This is what we're looking for from him, to throw strikes and build the strength in his arm back."

The Baysox went ahead early to give DuBois support.

In the second inning, they manufactured two runs off Binghamton pitcher Jason Jacome (3-3). With one out, Kyle Washington was hit by a pitch. Tim Holland struck out, but Sam Ferretti hit an RBI double to left. After Cesar Devarez singled to move Ferretti to third, Bowie pulled off a double steal.

"I want the guys to play aggressively," Buford said. "If we think this way all the time, it puts more pressure on the opponent."

Bowie added a third run in the fifth on Stanton Cameron's sacrifice fly to left field.

The next inning, the Baysox scored twice with two out. With Holland on third and Devarez on second, T. R. Lewis slapped a grounder to short, but Joe DelliCarri bobbled the ball, and Holland scored on the error. Edgar Alfonzo singled up the middle, driving in Devarez.

Lewis went 1-for-3 with two walks and has hit safely in 24 of his past 28 games, batting .361 in that span.

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