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Angels no-hit Mariners on night team honors memory of Tyler Skaggs

Angels no-hit Mariners on night team honors memory of Tyler Skaggs

It's also the first combined no-hitter thrown in California since the Baltimore Orioles held the Oakland Athletics hitless on July 13, 1991, according to STATS - which happens to be the day Skaggs was born.

The Los Angeles Angels honored late pitcher Tyler Skaggs before their first home game since his July 1 death, then they plastered the Seattle Mariners 13-0 with pitchers Taylor Cole and Felix Pena incredibly throwing a combined no-hitter.

There are a lot of special significances of Friday night's feat, starting with that it was a night to honor Skaggs, who died suddenly on July 1. The game ended with the team's 13 -0 win against the Seattle Mariners and a no-hitter - a rare achievement that means the Angels' pitchers didn't let up a single hit. The Angels scored seven runs in the first inning and cruised from there.

The Angels' clubhouse was quiet before the game, with most of the present players absorbed in their phones before batting practice. 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.

Skaggs was also honored at Tuesday's MLB All-Star Game in Cleveland.

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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.

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

Not much about the Angels' season had been memorable before the past two weeks. In the clubhouse, as they've done on the road, the Angels maintained Skaggs' locker.

The Angels will spend the rest of the summer trying to make more happy memories to compete with the sadness they'll never entirely forget.

"I think guys will become emotional again, because it is still very fresh", Ausmus said. It just seems like everything we do at the stadium, he always comes up. Either sarcastically, jokingly, or he was trying to put a smile on your face. "That's how it's always going to be for all of us".