Angels players wear number 45 in tribute to Tyler Skaggs

Ross Houston
July 13, 2019

Skaggs, 27, was found dead in a Texas hotel room on July 1, before the team was set to play the Texas Rangers.

In addition to the players wearing Skaggs jerseys Friday, the Angels unveiled a Skaggs graphic on the outfield wall that will remain there for the remainder of the season.

The team wore red home jerseys with Skaggs' name and number on them in their first game since the All-Star break.

On a night when the all-too-short life of Tyler Skaggs was being remembered and celebrated at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, the Angels threw a combined no-hitter against the Mariners.

Cole pitched the first two innings. Cole worked two ideal innings to open the game and Pena dominated through the final seven, allowing just one fifth-inning walk.

The night began with a touching pre-game ceremony that included a video tribune, a 45-second moment of silence and Skagg's softball-coach mother throwing a strike on a ceremonial first pitch after Debbie Skaggs used a finger to write her late son's initials on the pitcher's mound. "She threw it right down the middle. couldn't have started it with a better pitch".

"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. "That's how it's always going to be for all of us".

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