Any other night and Daisuke’s a winner. But last night belonged to the King.
It’s an interesting study in high expectations when we feel disappointed that Matsuzaka "only" gave up three runs in seven innings, but compared to Felix Hernandez’s incredible dominance, he might as well have taken the night off. No one was touching Hernandez.
Even so, one can see how luck plays a role in the most memorable games. Hernandez lost his no-hitter by about a foot — the distance between J.D. Drew’s weak ground ball and Jose
Guillen’s Lopez’s outstretched glove. Earlier in the game, Hernandez was saved by nice plays on hard-hit balls that seemed sure to fall for hits. You win some, you lose some, and sometimes you get lucky and throw a no-hitter.
Another interesting note, just in case this post isn’t rambling far enough afield, but ESPN’s random list of five pitchers to have started a season 2-0 with 15+ total strikeouts and going at least eight innings in each of their starts has no Hall of Famers on it — in fact, no noteworthy pitchers at all.