Two Angels pitchers combined to throw the 11th no-hitter in franchise history, and Mike Trout drove in six runs in a stunning 13-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night. Still reeling from the loss of their left-handed starter early last week in Texas, the Angels somehow excelled in every aspect of the game while wearing replicas of Skaggs' red jersey. Skaggs' family was in attendance, and his mother, Debbie, fired a strike for the first pitch. Standing on the mound a few feet away from Skaggs' widow Carli, his stepbrother, Garret, and his stepfather, Dan Ramos, Debbie fired a flawless strike to Heaney.
- Trout drove in another run with a double later in the inning. His jersey, cleats and gloves still hang untouched in his locker and several photos of him were posted around Angel Stadium, the team's home in Anaheim.
The surreal details piled up as the Angels absorbed the enormity of their night.
"What an unbelievable night". "She threw it right down the middle. couldn't have started it with a better pitch".
"I know he's here today, and he was looking over us, and he's definitely a part of this", Cole said after the game, according to the Associated Press.
"It feels incredible", Cole said after the game. The impressive no-hitter brought with it a number significant and unreal facts that were hard to believe. "Imma tell you. Baseball Gods are, in fact, as real as it gets". The emotional win came one day before what would have been Skaggs' 28th birthday. You can't script this.
Things have been trying for the Los Angeles Angels.
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. No cause of death has been determined, but police have ruled out suicide and foul play.
"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.