Even the Mariners were caught up in the emotions while being no-hit by Angels

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On a night that the Los Angeles Angels honored fallen teammate Tyler Skaggs, they also made history.

Pitchers Taylor Cole and Félix Peña teamed up to throw the 13th combined no-hitter in Major League Baseball history in the Angels 13-0 victory against the Seattle Mariners.

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With every player wearing Skaggs’ No. 45 on their back, the Angels could seemingly do no wrong. The story initially was their seven-run first inning, which featured an emotional home run from Mike Trout.

Then it became the Angels’ pitching as the hitless innings rolled along.

On the other side of the field was a Mariners team that fully realized the magnitude of what they were experiencing. This night was bigger than winning a baseball game. It was bigger than beating a shift with a bunt or launching a 450-foot home run.

That's why even in the face of being on the wrong side of history, some Mariners players admitted feeling all the same emotions everyone else did.

Added Mariners second baseman Dee Gordon, who was on the Angels side of the equation three years ago after the death of Jose Fernandez.

No matter what you believe in, you cannot deny how powerful these moments were.

We're sure the Mariners would have preferred to not be a footnote in history following Friday's game. This box score and these highlights will be viewed countless times throughout baseball history. Perhaps even more so because of the circumstances.

But these players are also human. They realize a loss on the field is merely that. They'll have other opportunities to win, to shine. What the Angels are going through and what Tyler Skaggs' family is going through puts everything in the proper perspective.

Two Angels pitchers combine to throw no-hitter against Mariners after stirring tribute to Tyler Skaggs. (Getty Images)
Two Angels pitchers combine to throw no-hitter against Mariners after stirring tribute to Tyler Skaggs. (Getty Images)

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