"It was pretty insane".
Two Angels pitchers combined to throw the 11th no-hitter in franchise history, and Mike Trout drove in six runs in a stunning 13-0 victory over the Mariners on Friday night.
After the game's final out, all of the Angels took off their jerseys with Skaggs's name and number and left them on the pitching mound, which had the No. 45 painted on the ground nearby.
On the day before what would have been Skaggs' 28th birthday, these astonishing Angels played a practically flawless game with his memory in their minds.
Angel Stadium had been a place for fans to gather and pay their respects to Skaggs in the days following his death.
The Angels decided last week that they would wear Skaggs' jersey in their first game back at the Big A, but their tribute ended up exceeding all logic and reasonable expectation. To cap the ceremony, Skaggs' mother, Debbie, fired a ideal first pitch to Andrew Heaney, who was among Skaggs' best friends on the team.
Cole pitched the first two innings.
Pena, who also is a righty, entered in the third and was sensational allowing just baserunner in his seven innings, a one out walk in the fifth inning to Omar Narvaez.
"Tonight is about him", infielder Zack Cozart told reporters.
That includes the home clubhouse, where Skaggs' locker will be left untouched for the remainder of the season. We're around each other all day, every day. 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. 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. "We love him, we miss him, and we're always going to be there for him". Forty-five will always be in my mind.
Skaggs' likeness and his No. 45 were also added to the center field wall.
"He's still a part of the team, even though he's not here", Angels manager Brad Ausmus said.