That means Caratini caught the Majors’ two most recent no-hitters, and it makes him the first starting catcher in Major League history to catch consecutive no-hitters for different clubs. A starting backstop catching consecutive no-hitters has happened 10 previous times in MLB history, but all of those instances occurred with the same team.
According to the Padres, Caratini’s double is more than coincidence.
“You start to get to the point you don’t really want to talk to Joe too much, so we’re doing some communication with Victor,” Padres manager Jayce Tingler said. “[He said], ‘He’s good, he’s good, the stuff’s still good, keep going.’ So he was our third party there late in the game.”
After completing his no-hit gem, Musgrove likened Caratini to a scientist, praising the backstop for his knowledge of the opposing hitters’ tendencies, as well as his ability to think multiple batters and multiple innings ahead.
“He was calculating how many guys until we get to the top of the order, so that by the sixth, seventh inning, it would be 6-7-8, 9-1-2,” Musgrove said. “Just doing all the math and figuring out which guys we need to be more aggressive with fastballs and sinkers and cutters to get one-pitch outs and try to save a few pitches here and there.
“He just did such a good job back there, and it made my job so easy to let him call the game and just try to execute pitches.”