Chad Qualls Blows the Game in 1 Inning for the San Diego Padres

Ryan SimonCorrespondent IIJuly 23, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JULY 05:  Chad Qualls #50 of the San Diego Padres reacts after tagging out Andres Torres #56 of the San Francisco Giants after trying to score on a fielders choice in the seventh inning as umpire Eric Cooper #56 looks on at AT&T Park on July 5, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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It's not everyday a pitcher manages to blow a game in one inning, but Chad Qualls managed to do just that. 

He relieved Mat Latos, who had a relatively solid outing through six innings, and blew a 4-3 Padres lead in the blink of a eye. Ryan Howard led off and homered off Chad's first pitch. After that it went downhill for Qualls, giving up two additional homers to Michael Martinez and Chase Utley

These two home runs ballooned the score to a 8-4 Phillies lead, and the Padres never fully recovered.

The Padres had an opportunity with the bases loaded at the top of the eighth but only managed to narrow the deficit by two runs (Ryan Ludwick and Chris Denorfia scoring.) 

Chad Qualls is regularly a solid pitcher. He's been in the league seven years and has a 3.71 ERA, 409 strikeouts and a 1.26 WHIP.

Today was just not his day.

Every pitcher sees their bad days and the heat definitely plays a part. Roy Halladay broke his streak of 63 straight road starts with at least six innings inning due to heat earlier in the week. 

While pointing to the weather is a legitimate excuse, it's not enough. Three home runs in one inning is unacceptable. Chad left the Padres in hole they just couldn't get out of.