In the Angels’ first home game since the sudden death of starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs, two Los Angeles pitchers combined to throw a no-hitter in a 13-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night.
It was an emotional return to Angel Stadium for the entire team. The Angels held a pregame ceremony to honor Skaggs, and outfielder Mike Trout paid tribute to Skaggs while sporting Skaggs’ No. 45 jersey, with a two-run home run off the first pitch he saw. This is the 13th combined no-hitter in MLB history.
It is the second combined no-hitter in franchise history and the 11th no-hitter in franchise history. The only other Angels combined no-hitter was on April 11, 1990, when Mark Langston and Mike Witt combined to no-hit, ironically, the Mariners in a 1-0 win at Angel Stadium.
Friday’s combined no-hitter was also the first no-hitter by the Angels since Jered Weaver against the Twins in a 9-0 win on May 2, 2012, at Angel Stadium. This is the second no-hitter in the majors this season. Oakland Athletics right-hander Mike Fiers no-hit the Cincinnati Reds in May.
45 and 45 combine for a no-hitter! pic.twitter.com/5er00MEjkD
— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) July 13, 2019
Right-hander Taylor Cole tossed two perfect innings (striking out two on 22 pitches) before handing it over to right-hander Felix Pena, who threw seven no-hit frames. The two righties combined for eight strikeouts and retired the first 13 batters.
There was only a single Seattle base-runner, a walk from Omar Narvaez in the fifth inning. At 76 pitches, Pena returned to the mound for the ninth inning where he retired Mac Williamson and Dee Gordon for the first two outs before getting Mallex Smith to ground out to second baseman Luis Rengifo for the final out.
Pena finished with six strikeouts on 81 pitches, 52 for strikes. The pair’s no-hitter came on the eve of Skaggs’ birthday. He would have been 28-years old.
Trout on Skaggs: “He was definitely looking over us tonight. This is the best way to honor him….You can’t make this stuff up. We score 7 runs in the 1st, end it with 13–Tyler’s birthday is [Saturday] 7/13.”
— Helene Elliott (@helenenothelen) July 13, 2019
After the no-hitter, all of the Angels players brought their No. 45 jerseys to the mound:
For Tyler. pic.twitter.com/MczHyHQxu5
— MLB (@MLB) July 13, 2019
Skaggs was found dead in his Texas hotel room at the beginning of this month.