We’re playing for him: Angels honor Tyler Skaggs with amazing game

Los Angeles Angels

The Angels put on Tyler Skaggs' No. 45 jerseys and stood solemnly on the field while his mother, Debbie, delivered a heartbreakingly ideal strike on the first pitch.

After the game ended, every single Angels player went to the mound and took off his jersey and laid it down on the mound for Skaggs.

While the team is saying goodbye to Skaggs, Friday's game will not be the end of their honoring his memory. Debbie, the longtime Santa Monica High softball coach, threw a ceremonial first pitch to Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney for a strike.

Right-handers Taylor Cole and Felix Pena combined to throw a no-hitter against the Seattle Mariners on Friday as the entire Angels roster wore No. 45 to honor the late pitcher, who died July 1.

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"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.

Cole pitched the first two innings. She tossed a flawless strike to Tyler's close friend, Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney.

Pena, who also is a righty, entered in the third and was sensational allowing just baserunner in his seven innings, a one out walk in the fifth inning to Omar Narvaez. 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.

While the Angels eventually will settle into the rhythms of the season, Skaggs' presence will be felt throughout the stadium, from his intact locker to the large likeness of the well-liked pitcher now displayed prominently on the center field wall. Most of the Angels saw the memorial in person for the first time when they returned from a hard road trip and the ensuing All-Star break.

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