April 9, 2008
As I expected, the game last evening was an emotionally charged affair. The Chase Field crowd gave starter Doug Davis a resounding ovation from the moment that he emerged from the dugout to begin warming up. The cheers continued through throughout the game as Davis seemed to do it all. He had his best start of the season (which sounds much more impressive than saying that he looked better this start than he did in his first start). Davis did seem to have all of his pitches working. He was ahead in the count for most hitters which allowed him more flexibility in his pitch count. Walks were down and strikeouts were up which is always a good sign. It wasn’t just his pitching though that made this night unforgettable. Doug also picked-off a runner from first and collected two hits at the plates including his first RBI of the season. For a moment you had to wonder if you were watching Doug Davis or Micah Owings. As Doug made his way back to the dugout after pitching 6 innings the crowd cheered partly for the gutsy outing and partly to wish Doug well in his surgery and recovery. Davis responded by making a curtain call which brought even more cheers. This game could very well be one of the highlights of the 2008 season.