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Angels throw combined no-hitter on night honoring Tyler Skaggs

13 July 2019

Skaggs was found dead in a Texas hotel room on July 1.

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.

Los Angeles Angels players lay their jerseys on the pitcher's mound on July 12, 2019.

Friday night, in the first game at home since Skaggs' death, the Angels combined to throw a no-hitter in a win over the Seattle Mariners.

While the team is saying goodbye to Skaggs, Friday's game will not be the end of their honoring his memory. Trout drove in the first two runs of the inning with a homer and the last two with a double. Taylor Cole opened the game with two flawless innings. Debbie, the longtime Santa Monica High softball coach, threw a ceremonial first pitch to Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney for a strike.

"He's still a part of the team, even though he's not here", Angels manager Brad Ausmus said.

In honor of her son, she threw the ceremonial first pitch - a ideal strike, Major League Baseball said.

"He's the life of the team, honestly", said Cozart, Skaggs' teammate for the past two seasons. You just hurt so much for Tyler's family.

The Angels scored seven runs in the first to grab a huge lead and added two more in the second to go up 9-0. A picture of Skaggs was also included on the center-field wall and a video montage was provided on the scoreboard. "We love him, we miss him, and we're always going to be there for him". Most of the Angels saw the memorial in person for the first time when they returned from a hard road trip and the ensuing All-Star break.

Angels throw combined no-hitter on night honoring Tyler Skaggs