The Angels and Mariners all stood solemnly on the Big A field while Skaggs' mother, Debbie, delivered a heartbreakingly flawless strikewith her first pitch.
The last combined no-hitter in California was thrown in Oakland on July 13, 1991 - the exact day Skaggs, a California native, was born.
After wining the incredibly emotional game, the Angels all returned to the pitcher's mound, upon which they laid all their #45 jersey in honor of Skaggs. "He was definitely looking over us tonight". On the field, Skaggs' jersey hung in the dugout, and a portrait of the young pitcher and a large no. 45 patch-the same design as the one they'll wear on all uniforms for the rest of the 2019 season-were painted on the center field fence.
The Los Angeles Angels' pitching staff combined to no-hit the Seattle Mariners in a 13-0 win on Friday night, the same night they paid respect to Tyler Skaggs in their first home game since his death. What an unbelievable game to be a part of.
"Everybody after the game, we're running out on the field and everybody's celebrating", Heaney said in a quote captured by MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger. She tossed a ideal strike to Tyler's close friend, Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney.
The Angels then battered Seattle starter Mike Leake in a surreal seven-run, eight-hit first inning highlighted by Mike Trout, who has been relentless at the plate ever since Skaggs' death. I'm speechless. This is the best way possible to honor him. After an uncommonly slow trot around the bases, Trout pointedly looked up in the direction of Skaggs' family in the stands. "We're going to keep playing for him the rest of the season, the rest of my career".
The Angels decided last week that they would wear Skaggs' jersey in their first game back at the Big A, but their tribute ended up exceeding all logic and reasonable expectation. Pena hurled the final seven innings.
"He's still a part of the team, even though he's not here", Angels manager Brad Ausmus said.
"I think it's going to be tough this season", Trout said. And whether we notice or not, we kind of do the same stuff every single day.