Published: Sat, July 13, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Angels lay Tyler Skaggs jerseys on mound after combined no-hitter

Angels lay Tyler Skaggs jerseys on mound after combined no-hitter

The Angels put on Tyler Skaggs' No. 45 jerseys and stood solemnly on the field while his mother, Debbie, delivered a heartbreakingly flawless strike on the first pitch.

The Angels and Mariners all stood solemnly on the Big A field while Skaggs' mother, Debbie, delivered a heartbreakingly ideal strikewith her first pitch.

The last Angels no-hitter before Friday's gem was Jered Weaver's solo no-no in 2012.

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. "He was definitely looking over us tonight".

On a night when the all-too-short life of Tyler Skaggs was being remembered and celebrated at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, the Angels threw a combined no-hitter against the Mariners.

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

"This is all for him", Pena said in Spanish during an on-field interview. "We're going to do what we can to honor him". What an unbelievable game to be a part of. They removed the no. 45 jerseys they had each donned at the start of the game and placed them on the mound.

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While the team is saying goodbye to Skaggs, Friday's game will not be the end of their honoring his memory.

During a poignant pregame ceremony, both teams lined the basepaths as Skaggs' family took the mound led by his mother, Debbie, the longtime softball coach at Santa Monica High School.

"In a sense, it did open up the wounds a little bit, because it reminded us of the reality that Tyler is gone, we really miss him, and we would rather have him here", Angels manager Brad Ausmus said. Trout drove in the first two runs of the inning with a homer and the last two with a double.

Los Angeles scored seven runs on eight hits in the first inning alone. After an uncommonly slow trot around the bases, Trout pointedly looked up in the direction of Skaggs' family in the stands.

"I think guys will become emotional again, because it is still very fresh", Ausmus said.

"It's been a tough week. we just support each other".

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