Earlier than taking part in their first sport in Anaheim for the reason that July 1 demise of pitcher Tyler Skaggs, the Angels lined up alongside the third-base line Friday night time, all carrying their teammates’ identify and quantity on their jerseys, to look at his mom throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Debbie Skaggs darted her providing to the place the center of the strike zone would have been. Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney then met her between the plate and the mound for a hug. Heaney, who had tears in his eyes throughout the embrace, has known as Tyler Skaggs his finest pal.
An emotional seven-run first inning for the Angels adopted in opposition to the Mariners. Mike Trout hit a 454-foot house run on the primary pitch he noticed. Later within the body, he doubled in two extra runners.
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Trout completed with six RBIs on the night time, however his efficiency grew to become a footnote to the story a pair of Angels pitchers authored. Taylor Cole (two innings) and Felix Pena (seven) mixed to throw the 11th no-hitter in franchise historical past in LA’s 13-Zero victory. The 2 allowed only one baserunner, a stroll by Pena to Omar Narvaez within the fifth inning.
Angels gamers had mentioned earlier than the sport they have been conserving Skaggs on the entrance of their minds whereas competing.
“Tonight is about him,” infielder Zack Cozart instructed reporters. “We’re going to do what we can to honor him and keep his legacy going.”
Along with the gamers carrying Skaggs jerseys Friday, the Angels unveiled a Skaggs graphic on the outfield wall that can stay there for the rest of the season. They’re going to additionally put on jersey patches with No. 45 the remainder of the 12 months.
Heaney remembered Skaggs final week in Houston when he threw a sluggish curveball on his first pitch of the sport. Skaggs’ curveball was his best-known pitch.