No-hitters are just as meaningful to catchers as they are to pitchers. And just as elusive.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia is still waiting for his first one. He caught one in the minors. But that one really doesn’t count.

“A six-inning game in a doubleheader in the minors, seven-inning game, whatever it was,” he said.

But never in a nine-inning game in the big leagues.

“I can’t imagine,” he said, of how special it would be. “Every catcher talks about it. It’s one of those things, for me, it shows the preparation that we have as a staff, the preparation as a pitcher to a catcher, and the ability to execute. At the end of the game, he’s the one throwing it. But it’s got to work together in order for it to happen.”

He is still waiting. But Saltalamacchia knew even before Clay Buchholz threw his first pitch -- a called strike -- that the right-hander had something special going.

“From the get-go in the bullpen, he looked good,” Saltalamacchia said. “The ball was coming out great. Then we got in the game, he couldn’t miss my glove. Put it down and away, he hit it. We had a good zone today where the umpire liked the ball down. That’s where Clay likes to live. So he did a great job just mixing pitches. He made some any good pitches. It’s hard to hit someone who throws like that to both sides of the plate.”

But as the game went on, and Buchholz neatly put each inning into the scorebook without a hit, the pressure on the catcher mounted.

“Yeah, you obviously want to keep the flow of the game going,” he said. “Keep him throwing strikes, but you don’t want to just give in and throw a heater over the middle when you know what’s on the line.