Published: Sat, July 13, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Mike Trout Homered While Wearing Tyler Skaggs' Jersey

Mike Trout Homered While Wearing Tyler Skaggs' Jersey

It was chill-inducing, and happened while the players wore Skaggs' last name and No. 45 on the back of their jerseys.

The last Angels no-hitter before Friday's gem was Jered Weaver's solo no-no in 2012.

After wining the incredibly emotional game, the Angels all returned to the pitcher's mound, upon which they laid all their #45 jersey in honor of Skaggs. "I feel like we have an angel looking down on us".

The 13-0 win over the Seattle Mariners was the first home game the Angels played since the 27-year-old pitcher's death on July 1. Her catcher was Andrew Heaney, Skaggs' best friend and fellow Angels rotation member.

"This is all for him", Pena said in Spanish during an on-field interview. "That's how it's always going to be for all of us". What an unbelievable game to be a part of.

Cole was the opener and went two innings, striking out two on 22 pitches, including 13 strikes.

Skaggs would have turned 28 Saturday, a fact that was not lost on Trout as he reviewed the game. "This is the best way to honor him".

During a poignant pregame ceremony, both teams lined the basepaths as Skaggs' family took the mound led by Debbie Skaggs, the longtime softball coach at Santa Monica High School. And whether we notice or not, we kind of do the same stuff every single day.

"In a sense, it did open up the wounds a little bit, because it reminded us of the reality that Tyler is gone, we really miss him, and we would rather have him here", Angels manager Brad Ausmus said. On the field, Skaggs' jersey hung in the dugout, and a portrait of the young pitcher and a large no. 45 patch-the same design as the one they'll wear on all uniforms for the rest of the 2019 season-were painted on the center field fence. 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. The two-time AL MVP appeared to look toward Skaggs' family in the stands as he crossed the plate after an unusually long home run trot.

Los Angeles scored seven runs on eight hits in the first inning alone.

"I think it's going to be tough this season", Trout said.

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