Tyler Skaggs: Los Angeles Angels throw no-hitter while honoring late teammate


On Friday night, every Angels teammate bore Skaggs's name and 45 number, and his mother, Debbie, threw out the first pitch - a strike from the accomplished softball coach.

After an on-field ceremony to honor Skaggs, his mother, Debbie, took his place on the pitching mound and delivered a flawless strike.

The last combined no-hitter in California was thrown in Oakland on July 13, 1991 - the exact day Skaggs, a California native, was born.

The baseball season's relentless pace forces the Angels to heal while they play, and they went back to work after a somber All-Star break during which Skaggs was honored at the game in Cleveland. "I feel like we have an angel looking down on us".

Trout crushed a 454-foot, two-run homer to left-center on the first pitch he saw from Leake.

The Los Angeles Angels honored late pitcher Tyler Skaggs before their first home game since his July 1 death, then they plastered the Seattle Mariners 13-0 with pitchers Taylor Cole and Felix Pena incredibly throwing a combined no-hitter.

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"For us, it's emotionally therapeutic", said Heaney, Skaggs' best friend and fellow starting pitcher.

"Tonight is about him", injured Angels infielder Zack Cozart said before the game.

"That was one of the special moments I've been a part of on a Major League field", Angels manager Brad Ausmus said in his post-game interview. The two-time AL MVP appeared to look toward Skaggs' family in the stands as he crossed the plate after an unusually long home run trot. "We love him, we miss him, and we're always going to be there for him". Trout finished the game with three hits and six RBIs.

Trout echoed Heaney's thoughts about the importance of being able to remember this magical night alongside the trauma caused by Skaggs' sudden death. On the day before what would have been Skaggs' 28th birthday, every Los Angeles player wore Skaggs' No. 45 jersey as they faced the Seattle Mariners. Whether you're his teammate, part of his family, or just a fan like the rest of us, there's no forgetting what you're seeing right now. "It brings back some emotion".

"I think it's going to be tough this season", Trout said.