In their first home game since the devastating passing of pitcher Tyler Skaggs, the Los Angeles Angels tossed a combined no-hitter against the Seattle Mariners on Friday. The entire Angels’ team wore Skaggs’ jersey for this contest and his mother threw out a very emotional first pitch prior to the game.
Taylor Cole acted as the opener, throwing two no-hit innings. He was followed by seven no-hit innings from Felix Pena, who issued just one walk in the fifth frame. The two combined for eight strikeouts and needed just 103 pitches to finish off the contest.
The 13-0 victory was the largest run differential in a no-hitter since 1938. This was sparked by a seven-run first inning, including an electrifying two-run shot by none other than Mike Trout to open the scoring.
Friday’s no-hitter was the second this season (Mike Fiers on May 8) and 301st in MLB history. It was also just the 13th combined no-no ever thrown. It was the Angels’ first since Jered Weaver in 2012.