Angels throw combined no-hitter on night they pay tribute to late Tyler Skaggs


USA TODAY Sports’ Gabe Lacques reflects on the life of Tyler Skaggs and the impression that he left on the baseball world.

On a night they paid tribute to Tyler Skaggs, the Los Angeles Angels honored the late pitcher in perhaps the best way they could: With a no-hitter.

Taylor Cole and Felix Pena combined to shut down the Seattle Mariners for the second no-hitter of the MLB season and a 13-0 win. Cole was perfect through the first two innings before Pena took over and limited the Mariners to one walk over the final seven innings. Pena retired the final 14 hitters he faced.

“You can’t make this up,” Angels star Mike Trout told MLB Network. “This is incredible. We obviously loved him and it’s a very emotional night for all of us.”

Cole had two strikeouts, and Pena struck out six. The closest the Mariners got to a hit came in the sixth inning when Mac Williamson hit a hard grounder toward the hole on the left side. But Angels third baseman Matt Thaiss made a diving stop, scrambled to his feet and threw to first for the out.

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