Angels players wear number 45 in tribute to Tyler Skaggs

Los Angeles Angels

And the fact that, as Cole and Peña worked in tandem to build nine pristine innings against Seattle, they became the first pitchers to toss a combined no-hitter in California since July 13, 1991...

The Los Angeles Angels scored seven first-inning runs en route to a 13-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners in the first home game since Skaggs' death.

The stadium had new signage commemorating the late pitcher, who died on July 1 while the team was in Texas for their series against the Rangers. The entire Angels team wore Tyler Skaggs #45 jersey to honor him after his death on July 1.

There were cheers and tears Friday night at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif., before, during and after one of the most touching games in major league history.

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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. But (after) tonight, when you think of Tyler, think of the day we wore his jersey to honor him and honor his family and honor Carli.

The baseball season's relentless pace forces the Angels to heal while they play, and they're back to work after a sombre All-Star break during which Skaggs was honoured at the game in Cleveland. They had no doubt of a strong first pitch by his mom, a longtime softball coach at Santa Monica High School. But that the mound where that miracle unfurled was within moments blanketed in Skaggs' No. 45 made this something that's going to reach across the decades and grab us every now and then.

There was a touching pregame ceremony, where Tyler Skaggs mother delivered the ceremonial first pitch. The Angels also persevered through last week on the road with a resilience that impressed general manager Billy Eppler, who had grown personally close to Skaggs.

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. You walk by his locker every day. Either sarcastically, jokingly, or he was trying to put a smile on your face. It's different for everybody.

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