Angels owner Arte Moreno, general manager Billy Eppler, manager Brad Ausmus and team president John Carpino addressed the media.
In the Los Angeles Angels’ first home game since Tyler Skaggs’ death, reminders of the late pitcher seemed to appear everywhere Friday.
All of his teammates donned his No. 45 and his name on the back of their jerseys. The Angels unveiled a mural of Skaggs in right-center field prior to the game. His mother, Debbie, threw an emotional ceremonial first pitch — a perfect strike. The Angels tossed a combined no-hitter and won 13-0 against the Mariners.
It was the 11th no-hitter in Angels history. Skaggs wore No. 11 at Santa Monica High School.
Mike Trout, who sported Skaggs’ 45 during the All-Star Game earlier this week, drilled the first pitch he saw for a two-run homer in the first inning, part of a seven-run frame for the Halos. The blast went 454 feet, a fitting tribute to 45.
“This was definitely for him and he was definitely watching over us tonight,” Trout told MLB Network after the game.
“To go out there with 45 on your back to honor him, wearing Trout and then his number, and then we all thought it would be great…