Mike Trout Homered While Wearing Tyler Skaggs' Jersey

Angels wear No. 45 in Tyler Skaggs’ memory at Angel Stadium

Trout and the Angels' other team leaders devised the plan to wear Skaggs' jersey last week, hoping to make a special memory for Skaggs' parents and his wife, Carli.

The Angels were somber as they returned from the All-Star break for their first home baseball game since the 27-year-old Skaggs died in Texas on July 1.

Friday night, in the first game at home since Skaggs' death, the Angels combined to throw a no-hitter in a win over the Seattle Mariners.

Taylor Cole opened with two ideal innings before Félix Peña pitched the game of his life, allowing just one walk in seven hitless innings.

"He's the life of the team, honestly", said veteran infielder Zack Cozart, Skaggs' teammate for the past two seasons. I've had a couple of those myself. "That's how it's always going to be for all of us".

"He's part of the team even though he's not here", Ausmus said. And whether we notice or not, we kind of do the same stuff every single day. Debbie, the longtime Santa Monica High softball coach, threw a ceremonial first pitch to Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney for a strike. After an uncommonly slow trot around the bases, Trout pointedly looked up in the direction of Skaggs' family in the stands. 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. Gordon hit his only home run that season to lead off the bottom of the first in Miami's first game after Fernandez's death.

Cole also opened flawlessly on the mound. Forty-five will always be in my mind. The reliever pounded his chest and pointed at the sky when Kole Calhoun caught the final out of the second. A picture of Skaggs was also included on the center-field wall and a video montage was provided on the scoreboard.

A memorial created by fans in front of the Big A's main entrance has grown to the size of a pitcher's mound, with hats, signs and baseballs and other Angels memorabilia delivered to the stadium by heartbroken fans over the past 10 days. The news was jarring, and L.A. still had to finish the trip through the Lone Star State before the All-Star break hit.

"I think it's going to be tough this season", Trout said. "That's fine. We're human beings".

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