The Los Angeles Angels suffered a tragic loss last week when 27-year old pitcher Tyler Skaggs passed away on a road trip to Texas to play the Rangers and Houston Astros, and in their first home game since on Friday night, they honored him before, during and after the matchup against the Seattle Mariners.
With tributes around the stadium bearing Skaggs’ name and his jersey number, 45, the Angels took the field and pitchers Taylor Cole and Felix Pena threw only the 13th combined no-hitter in MLB history in a 13-0 win over the Mariners.
After taking over in the third inning, Pena struck out six batters and walked only one on the way to his seventh victory of the season.
Prior to the game, the Angels players donned Skaggs’ jersey during the game, and All-Star outfielder Mike Trout and pitcher Andrew Heaney carried a framed No. 45 jersey to behind the pitcher’s mound to be presented to his family.
Also, Skaggs’ No. 45 was painted onto the mound behind the pitching rubber and a 45-second moment of silence was observed.
Additionally, the Angels welcomed Skaggs’ mother, Debbie, to the field during the pre-game ceremony to throw out the first pitch, and from the mound, she fired a strike right over the middle of the plate.
When the final out was recorded on a groundout to second baseman Luis Rengifo, the Angels celebrated the moment, and then, just as they had throughout the game, the players paid tribute to their fallen teammate.
Every Angels player removed their No. 45 Skaggs jersey and laid it on the mound, along with a picture of the pitcher just hours before what would have been his 28th birthday.
After watching the emotionally charged Angels win, players from around the league took to social media to recognize the moment.
The Angels and Mariners will resume their three-game series in Anaheim tonight.