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Los Angeles Angels launch a game without hits while honoring Tyler Skaggs

Los Angeles Angels launch a game without hits while honoring Tyler Skaggs

Los Angeles - All Los Angeles Angels wore a no. 45 jersey on Friday night to honor his late teammate Tyler Skaggs. The 13-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners was the Angels' first home game since the 27-year-old pitcher's death on July 1.

Before the dramatic end of the game on Friday, and the historic achievement of completing a game without hits, the park was already loaded with emotion.

After a ceremony on the field to honor Skaggs, his mother, Debbie, took her place on the mound of pitchers and gave a perfect shot.

Then, in the first inning, the Angels' biggest star, outfielder Mike Trout, helped put the game out of reach. His two-run homer was part of a seven-run outburst.

After that, two Angels pitchers, Taylor Cole and Felix Pena, were almost perfect, allowing only one Seattle hitter to reach the base on a walk in nine innings of work.

"I know he's here today, and he was watching us, and he's definitely part of this," Cole said after the game, according to the Associated Press. "We love him, we miss him and we're always going to be there for him."

After the final exit, the Angels made one last tribute to their fallen teammate, gracing the mound of pitchers with whom he starred in his shirts. The emotional victory came a day earlier than what would have been Skaggs' 28th birthday.