Angels Pay Tribute to Pitcher Tyler Skaggs During Friday’s Game

Los Angeles Angels

Los Angeles Angels

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

The Los Angeles Angels turned tragedy into triumph in their first home game since teammate Tyler Skaggs's July 1 death, pitching a combined no-hitter on a night filled with memories of the 27-year-old pitcher.

Skaggs was found unresponsive in his hotel room in Texas on July 1.

The pitcher's grieving teammates returned to Angel Stadium on Friday night for the first time since Skaggs was found in his hotel room in Texas almost two weeks ago.

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Los Angeles produced the 11th no-hitter in franchise history, blanking the Mariners 13-0 at Angel Stadium.

The team honored Skaggs at every turn in their first game in L.A. without the pitcher Friday night. every player wore a No. 45 Skaggs jersey, they painted a Skaggs mural on the centerfield wall, and Tyler's mom even threw out the first pitch. The Angels dominated every aspect of the game after a pregame ceremony that made many of them quite emotional. 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.

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. "We love him, we miss him, and we're always going to be there for him". Skaggs' mother, Debbie, delivered the ceremonial first pitch to Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney-throwing a picture-perfect strike down the middle that, as Cole put it, set the tone for the rest of the night. Skaggs was likely the most reliable starting pitcher in an up-and-down rotation that has kept Los Angeles stuck near.500, with fading hopes of ending their almost decade-long playoff victory drought. The Angels also persevered through last week on the road with a resilience that impressed general manager Billy Eppler, who had grown personally close to Skaggs.

His jersey hung in his untouched locker in the clubhouse, his pristine cleats and gloves ready for a ballgame. It just seems like everything we do at the stadium, he always comes up.

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