The Angels were really in Anaheim on Friday night. The Los Angeles Angels transformed disaster into triumph in their first home game since partner Tyler Skaggs’ July 1 demise, pitching a consolidated no-hitter on a night loaded up with recollections of the 27-year-old pitcher.
Two pitchers, Taylor Cole and Felix Pena, held the Seattle Mariners hitless in a 13-0 win. That number of runs came the day preceding July 13, Skaggs’ birthday, besting a life-changing night.
Skaggs was discovered dead in a Texas lodging on July 1. No reason for death has been resolved, however, police have precluded suicide and treachery. Toxicology tests and dissection results are pending.
On Friday night, each holy messenger colleague bore Skaggs’ name and 45 number, and his mom, Debbie, tossed out the principal pitch – a strike from the practised softball mentor.
The Angels were driven by star Mike Trout’s six runs-batted-in. Cole worked two ideal innings as the game’s opening pitcher, while Pena made advances on completion the night, permitting only one stroll in the fifth inning to deface flawlessness. The Angels scored seven keeps running in the main inning and travelled from that point.
“What an unbelievable night it was,” Trout said to ESPN’s SportsCenter. “To have the option to go out there for the entire group, the entire association to respect him. Wearing Skaggs 45 on the back, to see his mother toss out the principal pitch, see Carli, his significant other, see his family, just to be out there to respect him. And after that, the game — simply confused.”
After the game’s last out, the majority of the Angels removed their shirts with Skaggs’ name and number and left them on the pitching hill, which had the No. 45 painted on the ground adjacent. An image of Skaggs was additionally included on the middle field divider and a video montage was given on the scoreboard.