The major leagues may not have seen the last of Brian DuBois.
The left-hander scattered six hits and gave up one earned run in 7 1/3 innings as the Bowie Baysox defeated the Albany-Colonie Yankees, 6-4, last night before 4,263 at Memorial Stadium.
DuBois (2-1) pitched for the Detroit Tigers for parts of the 1989 and 1990 seasons, compiling a 3-9 record. He was then sidelined by arm trouble and has been struggling to come back since.
This was the best my arm has felt all year," said DuBois, who underwent surgery on his left elbow in 1990 and again the following year. "It keeps getting stronger."
The Baysox scored a run in the fourth on Brad Tyler's double and an error by Albany-Colonie pitcher Mark Carper, a former Orioles minor-leaguer, and scored five in the sixth. Ten Bowie players batted and got five hits off Carper, including doubles by Tyler and Tim Holland.
The Yankees jumped to a 4-0 first-inning lead against DuBois helped by shortstop Holland's throwing error with two out and a disputed home run by Joe DeBerry. Three of the runs were unearned.
DeBerry's two-run homer struck the right-field wall and bounced onto the field. Plate umpire Mike Whitty and first-base umpire Jeff Nelson ruled that the ball hit to the left of the 360-foot mark and thus was a home run. Bowie manager Don Buford argued to no avail.
Thereafter, DuBois gave up three hits until relieved by Dave Paveloff with one out in the eighth. It was the first time DuBois worked into the eighth in eight starts for the Baysox.
"I especially liked the way he kept his composure," Buford said. "It's tough when you're pitching four runs down. He has the potential to return to the majors. His continued improvement indicates that."