Miller, DuBois lead Baysox sweep

August 13, 1993|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,Staff Writer

The Bowie Baysox have a season-high winning streak of six, but it took extra innings to do it.

After Brian DuBois won the opener of the doubleheader, 7-2, Brent Miller's RBI single in the ninth inning gave the Baysox a 4-3 nightcap win over the Eastern League-leading Harrisburg Senators last night before 1,719 at Memorial Stadium.

The Baysox's previous longest winning streak was five in April.

In the top of the ninth, Harrisburg took a 3-2 lead on Marc Griffin's run-scoring single. The Baysox retorted with four hits in the bottom of the ninth, including Stanton Cameron's RBI double as well as Miller's game-winner off reliever Benny Puig with one out.

The score was 1-1 from the first inning until the seventh, when each team pushed across a run, Bowie on Jim Wawruck's fourth home run, to send the game into extra innings.

Earlier, Harrisburg left fielder Tyrone Horne deprived Kyle Washington and Edgar Alfonzo of home runs in successive innings with leaping catches at the fence.

After the first game, in which DuBois pitched Bowie to its fifth straight win, manager Don Buford was asked what DuBois needs to return to the major leagues.

"A telephone call," Buford said.

Maybe a bit more than that, but Buford's point was well-taken. DuBois, a 26-year-old left-hander, missed the past two seasons after two elbow operations and is making an impressive comeback.

DuBois, who had a 3-9 record with the Detroit Tigers in 1989-90, has won six straight decisions. He's 6-1, and has won his past five Memorial Stadium starts. He started the season with Single-A Frederick, where he was 6-2. "It's the best year I've had, ever," DuBois said.

The Orioles have put DuBois on a 95-pitch limit. He threw 84 in five innings last night, and Buford reasoned that was enough.

"The Orioles told me 95 was in my best interests my first year back," DuBois said.

The Baysox presented DuBois with a 4-0, first-inning lead, highlighted by Miller's two-run double. Bowie sent nine batters to the plate against Ugueth Urbina, a 19-year-old Venezuelan who threw 35 pitches and was replaced at the start of the second inning.

NOTES: IF Sam Ferretti is out for a few days with a pulled muscle in his buttocks suffered while running to first base Wednesday night. . . . In the third game of the series tonight, Bowie's Jose Mercedes (4-6) will oppose Rod Henderson (1-0). It'll be Rick Krivda (7-5) vs. Miguel Batista (8-5) tomorrow night and Mike Mussina (0-0) vs. Brian Looney (3-1). The Baysox then will start a seven-game road trip that will take them to Canton and Reading. Mussina is scheduled to throw 80 pitches Sunday in the second start of his rehabilitation assignment. . . . The Baltimore Bays will conduct a soccer clinic tonight at 6 before the game. Youngsters 14 and under will be admitted free to the game as well as to the clinic. . . . The Baysox will salute new Hall of Famer Chuck Thompson during a pregame ceremony tomorrow night at 7. Buford will be honored as the newest Orioles Hall of Fame inductee before Sunday's game.

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