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Angels complete combined no hitter on eve of Tyler Skaggs’ birthday

Samson X Horne
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Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Felix Pena, left, catcher Dustin Garneau, center, and teammates celebrate after a combined no-hitter against the Seattle Mariners during a baseball game Friday, July 12, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. The Angels won 13-0. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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Los Angeles Angels manager Brad Ausmus, facing camera, hugs the late pitcher Tyler Skaggs’ mother, Debbie Hetman, before the team’s baseball game against the Seattle Mariners on Friday, July 12, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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Jerseys with pitcher Tyler Skaggs’ number are placed on the mound after the Los Angeles Angels completed a combined no-hitter against the Seattle Mariners during a baseball game Friday, July 12, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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A makeshift shrine in honor of Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs stands outside Angel Stadium before the team’s baseball game against the Seattle Mariners on Friday, July 12, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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Fans stand next to a makeshift shrine in honor of Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs outside Angel Stadium before the team’s baseball game against the Seattle Mariners on Friday, July 12, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Los Angeles Angels pitchers Taylor Cole and Felix Pena threw a combined no-hitter Friday night against the Seattle Mariners, on the eve of what would have been Tyler Skaggs’ 28th birthday.

Skaggs’ mother, Debbie, took his place on the mound surrounded by his wife, Carli, his stepfather and stepbrother, to toss the game’s ceremonial first pitch in what was the Angels’ first home game since the pitcher died July 1.

Major League Baseball said Debbie tossed a “perfect strike.”

“It was unbelievable,” Cole told MLB. “She went out there and threw an absolute perfect pitch. It couldn’t have been better. … It set the tone for the rest of the way.”

Every Angels player wore Skaggs’ No. 45 jersey Friday night and they gave a heartfelt pregame tribute to their fallen teammate.

After the 13-0 shutout victory, Skaggs’ teammates placed their jerseys on the mound displaying a sea of 45.

Friday’s no-hitter was the 11th in Angels franchise history and second combined no-no.

Samson X Horne is a Tribune-Review digital producer. You can contact Samson at 412-320-7845, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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