Tyler Skaggs' teammates, family help to keep late pitcher's legacy going

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

Skaggs was found dead in a Texas hotel room on July 1.

To honor their fallen teammate, the entire Angels team wore his number, 45, on their jerseys Friday night.

The Angels then proceeded to play their heavy hearts out in their first home game since their beloved pitcher's death.

On a night when the all-too-short life of Tyler Skaggs was being remembered and celebrated at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, the Angels threw a combined no-hitter against the Mariners.

"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.

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It was the Angels' first home game since Skaggs died, and his mother, Debbie, took his place on the mound surrounded by Skaggs wife, Carli, his stepbrother and stepfather, according to Major League Baseball.

The Angels scored seven runs in the first to grab a huge lead and added two more in the second to go up 9-0. Cole worked two ideal innings as the game's opening pitcher, while Pena came on to finish the night, allowing just one walk in the fifth inning to mar perfection.

Cole was the Angels' starting pitcher in an opener role, and the right-handed did a good job retiring six in a row over two innings, two on strikeouts.

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.

"I think guys will become emotional again, because it is still very fresh", Ausmus said. The news was jarring, and L.A. still had to finish the trip through the Lone Star State before the All-Star break hit. You just hurt so much for Tyler's family. "We're going to do what we can to honor him and keep his legacy going".

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