Angels honor Skaggs, then send 13 to plate in 1stReuters | Updated: 13-07-2019 09:13 IST | Created: 13-07-2019 09:12 IST
The Los Angeles Angels took the field in Anaheim, Calif., on Friday night with fallen teammate Tyler Skaggs in their hearts, on their jerseys, and on the outfield wall. When they came up to bat against the Seattle Mariners, they put together what may go down as one of the most memorable innings in team history. Playing in their first home game since Skaggs, 27, was found dead in his hotel room in Southlake, Texas, on July 1, the Angels paid multiple tributes to the pitcher. A photo of Skaggs and his No. 45 were painted on the outfield wall in right-center. Every member of the team wore No. 45 with Skaggs' name on their jerseys.
Star outfielder Mike Trout and pitcher Andrew Heaney brought a framed Skaggs jersey out behind the mound -- which also had a 45 painted into the dirt -- and the stadium then held a 45-second moment of silence. Finally, Skaggs' mother, Debbie, threw out the ceremonial first pitch, a perfect strike. After Tyler Cole got the Mariners out in order on 12 pitches, Angels leadoff batter David Fletcher worked a seven-pitch at-bat off Seattle's Mike Leake into a double. On the next pitch, Trout sent a 454-foot blast over the center field wall and nearly over the rocks and waterfall backdrop in Angel Stadium.
Three of the next four batters singled to make it 3-0, and an error by second baseman Dee Gordon turned a possible inning-ending double play into another Angels run. Two more singles, bookending a strikeout for the inning's second out, brought Trout to the plate again, this time with the bases loaded. Once again the All-Star delivered, hitting a two-run double into left field for a 7-0 lead.
A walk to Shohei Ohtani ended Leake's night, and Matt Festa's strikeout of Justin Upton ended the inning. But not before the Angels sent 13 batters to the plate, banged out eight hits, and scored seven runs. Trout finished 2-for-2 with four RBIs and a run scored.
--Field Level Media