Published: Mon, July 15, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

DH set for makeup of game when Skaggs died

DH set for makeup of game when Skaggs died

"If we could just honor his memory and his drive and his love for life, the best way possible wearing the jerseys and I do welcome that".

As we previously reported, Skaggs died in a team hotel room on July 1 in Texas. Debbie, the longtime Santa Monica High softball coach, threw a ceremonial first pitch to Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney for a strike.

The Angels then battered Seattle starter Mike Leake in a surreal seven-run, eight-hit first inning highlighted by Mike Trout, who has been relentless at the plate ever since Skaggs' death.

The Angels also joined the Baltimore Orioles as the only teams to accomplish more than one combined no-hitter. "He was definitely looking down on us". Together, they threw the 11th no-hitter in franchise history on the night before what would have been Skaggs' 28th birthday.

Things have been trying for the Los Angeles Angels.

Following the 13-0 win, the Angels all removed their No. 45 jerseys and laid them on the mound. "It was pretty insane". Cole opened the game by striking out two in two innings of work.

When he came up again in the first inning with the bases loaded, Trout roped a two-run double to left field.

"He wouldn't want anything else", Trout said.

It wasn't just that the no-hitter was tossed in their first home game since Skaggs' death, or that the feat was completed on a night that already evoked such strong emotions from both the team and the crowd.

Although Skaggs is gone, he won't be far from the Angels' minds and eyes. And the fact that, as Cole and Peña worked in tandem to build nine pristine innings against Seattle, they became the first pitchers to toss a combined no-hitter in California since July 13, 1991... You walk by his locker every day. But (after) tonight, when you think of Tyler, think of the day we wore his jersey to honor him and honor his family and honor Carli. "That's how it's always going to be for all of us".

After the game, there was a very emotional moment on the field as each player took off their Skaggs jersey and placed it on the mound.

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