It’s Duck Season, It’s Qualls Season

The Diamondbacks have really been scuffling as of late and it has mostly been as a result of poor offensive production by the entire line-up. Going into this series with the Boston Red Sox I was really dreading even watching the games. The Red Sox are in first place in the American League East and have one of the most potent offenses in the game. Their pitching staff has also been nearly unbeatable which is bad when you are hitting but when you aren’t it makes for a brutally long night. In game one it took an unbelievable game by Dan Haren to keep the Diamondbacks in it and through some timely hitting they were victorious over Sox ace Josh Beckett. Tonight’s game featured Doug Davis for the Diamondbacks and it looked like a long shot for the Diamondbacks to be able to take 2 in a row from the defending World Champions.

Davis though followed up a great start in his last game with another gem. Through the first 7 innings Double-D looked like staff ace number 3. He had pretty much shut down the powerful Red Sox batting order. Bob Melvin sent Davis back to the mound in the eighth but after allowing the first two batters to reach base Davis was removed from the game and replaced by Chad Qualls. Qualls has been kind of a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. There are games that he looks absolutely dominating and then there are games like tonight. Davis left with a 3-1 lead but was responsible for the runners on first and second. Qualls came in and in just 2/3 of an inning allowed 4 hits and not only let the two inherited runners score but just for safe measure he let two more score to give the Red Sox a 5-4 lead. The Diamondbacks offense did its best impression of road kill in the ninth inning against Jonathan Papelbon and rolled over to give the Red Sox the win. These are the kind of games that drive a fan insane. You have beaten the World Champions in the first game and you have them on the ropes to take the series and all of a sudden you have dropped a full dump truck load of momentum on the opposing team and have to fight through the final game of the series for a win. Not only that but this will ensure an entire week of newspaper stories about what a mistake it was for the Diamondbacks to trade Jose Valverde to the Houston Astros. This is going to be a very long week I’m afraid.

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