Angels lay Tyler Skaggs jerseys on mound after combined no-hitter

Carrie Guzman
July 13, 2019

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. That number of runs came the day before July 13, Skaggs's birthday, topping an unforgettable night. 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. Forty-five will always be in my mind. Debbie, the longtime Santa Monica High softball coach, threw a ceremonial first pitch to Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney for a strike. The two-time MVP blasted a first-pitch fastball for a home run, launching the ball 454 feet over the center field fence.

ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 12: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim players lay their jerseys on the pitchers mound after they won a combined no-hitter agasint the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 12, 2019 in Anaheim, California.

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 centre field wall.

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A fan memorial outside the front entrance continues to grow. The news was jarring, and L.A. still had to finish the trip through the Lone Star State before the All-Star break hit.

"In some respects, sometimes keeping busy can help", Angels general manager Billy Eppler said. Everybody has those moments, personal to them. "That's how it's always going to be for all of us". "But for a lot of us, seeing each other again is nice". "That's fine. We're human beings".

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