Debbie Skaggs, the mother of Tyler Skaggs, threw out the first pitch.pic.twitter.com/c3sYLGbsZj— Sporting News MLB (@sn_mlb) July 13, 2019An emotional seven-run first inning for the Angels followed against the Mariners. Mike Trout hit a 454-foot home run on the first pitch he saw. Later in the frame, he doubled in two more runners.Mike Trout just hit a 454-foot home run while wearing No. 45.pic.twitter.com/lxxHOSpljl— Sporting News MLB (@sn_mlb) July 13, 2019MORE: Nationals’ Patrick Corbin honors friend Tyler Skaggs Trout finished with six RBIs on the night, but his performance became a footnote to the story a pair of Angels pitchers authored. Taylor Cole (two innings) and Felix Pena (seven) combined to throw the 11th no-hitter in franchise history in LA’s 13-0 victory. The two allowed just one baserunner, a walk by Pena to Omar Narvaez in the fifth inning.Angels players had said before the game they were keeping Skaggs at the front of their minds while competing. Before playing their first game in Anaheim since the July 1 death of pitcher Tyler Skaggs, the Angels lined up along the third-base line Friday night, all wearing their teammates’ name and number on their jerseys, to watch his mother throw out the ceremonial first pitch.Debbie Skaggs darted her offering to where the middle 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 during the embrace, has called Tyler Skaggs his best friend. “Tonight is about him,” infielder Zack Cozart told reporters. “We’re going to do what we can to honor him and keep his legacy going.”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. They’ll also wear jersey patches with No. 45 the rest of the year.Heaney remembered Skaggs last week in Houston when he threw a slow curveball on his first pitch of the game. Skaggs’ curveball was his best-known pitch.
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