Mike Trout sets tone for historic Angels performance in honor of Tyler Skaggs

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The Los Angeles Angels were on a mission Friday night.

Riding the wave of an emotional pregame tribute to late teammate Tyler Skaggs, the Mike Trout-led lineup lit up the scoreboard with a seven-run first inning in Friday’s 13-0 win against the Seattle Mariners, before pitchers Taylor Cole and Felix Pena made history by pitching a combined no-hitter.

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Adding to the moment was the visual of every Angels player who contributed to the victory wearing Skaggs’ name and No. 45 on the back of their jerseys. Every player and all uniformed personnel were wearing a matching Skaggs’ jersey as part of the team’s tribute.

Not surprisingly, it was Trout who set the tone. He was there for every one of Skaggs’ starts for the Angels, and he was the man who put the Angels on the board with a 454-foot two-run home run on the first pitch he saw.

Mike Trout and the Angels batted around in memorable first inning after paying tribute to Tyler Skaggs. (AP)
Mike Trout and the Angels batted around in memorable first inning after paying tribute to Tyler Skaggs. (AP)

Trout, along with David Fletcher, each posted two hits in the frame. The All-Star center fielder walloped a two-run double with the bases loaded his second time up, giving him six total bases and four RBIs.

Needless to say, it’s been awhile since the Angels have had a first inning like this one.

Trout wasn’t finished there, adding RBIs on a second-inning hit-by-pitch and fifth-inning double. The six RBIs were one short of his career high.

It was one of those nights where there was no explanation. The Angels simply could do no wrong.

Baseball will go on now. That’s how it goes.

Some days will be harder than others for the Angels as they attempt to pick up, move on and regain something close to normalcy again. But rest assured, with every moment, good or bad, they will have Tyler Skaggs on their minds.

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