Only three pitchers in Red Sox history have had back-to-back outings of at least seven innings with only one hit allowed.
Howard Ehmke, 1923
IP H R BB K BF PIT Game September 7 at Athletics: 9 0 0 1 1 28 Won 4-0 September 11 at Yankees: 9 1 0 1 5 29 Won 3-0Pedro Martinez, 2002
IP H R BB K BF PIT Game April 19 at Royals: 8 1 0 0 6 26 92 Won 4-0 April 25 at Orioles: 7 1 0 1 10 24 103 Won 7-0Daisuke Matsuzaka, 2011
IP H R BB K BF PIT Game April 18 vs Blue Jays: 7 1 0 1 3 23 89 Won 9-1 April 23 at Angels: 8 1 0 3 9 28 115 Won 5-0In addition to pitching a no-hitter, Ehmke went 2-for-4. In the second game, he went 3-for-4, getting half of Boston's six hits.
(Vicente Padilla was the last major league pitcher to have two consecutive starts of 7+ innings and one hit allowed: May 5 and 10, 2009.)
It's time to revisit a couple of quotes:
Peter Abraham, Globe, April 12:
Trading [Daisuke Matsuzaka] would not be easy. ... But it has to be done.Chad Finn, Globe, April 12:
[T]here's not a shred of evidence to suggest Matsuzaka will be a reliable pitcher in the AL East any time soon. ... The Red Sox would be a better team with somebody else in the rotation. ...
[A]t this point putting him in a game is counterproductive to winning. ... [I]t's just not working for anybody.
Last night's masterpiece [2-8-7-2-2 vs the Rays] was Daisuke Matsuzaka's 100th start for the Red Sox. ... I'd just as soon he not make start No. 101 for the Red Sox. Not just three days from now. Not three months from now. Not three years from now. ...
He has to go. ... I don't come to this conclusion easily. I try to avoid opining in lockstep with the sports radio conventional wisdom of the day. The panic button is usually well out of my reach. ...
[H]ere's the dirty truth about Dice-K: He's not just maddening or inconsistent. He's plain lousy ... He's just terrible, and any cure for this prolonged terribleness seems unfathomable ...