We’re playing for him: Angels honor Tyler Skaggs with amazing game

LA Angels Throw No Hitter in Game Honoring Tyler Skaggs

It was the first Angels home game since Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room at the age of 27.

While no-hitting the Mariners, all of the Angels' players and coaches wore No. 45 Skaggs jerseys, and after the game, they all were removed and carefully placed on the pitcher's mound.

Angels players had said before the game they were keeping Skaggs at the front of their minds while competing.

While the team is saying goodbye to Skaggs, Friday's game will not be the end of their honoring his memory.

Skaggs' mom Debbie threw out the first pitch - a flawless strike.

On the eve of what would have been pitcher Tyler Skaggs' 28th birthday, the Los Angeles Angels threw a combined no-hitter.

"He was in the prime of his life and the prime of his career - it's very tough", Angels manager Brad Ausmus told Major League Baseball.

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

After that, two Angels pitchers, Taylor Cole and Felix Pena, were almost ideal, allowing just a single Seattle batter to reach base on a walk in nine innings of work. Her catcher was Andrew Heaney, Skaggs' best friend and fellow Angels rotation member.

Mike Trout continued the evening's festivities in the first inning.

"He's the life of the team, honestly", said Cozart, Skaggs' teammate for the past two seasons. A picture of Skaggs was also included on the center-field wall and a video montage was provided on the scoreboard. 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. "We're going to do what we can to honor 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.



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