By Pete Zarustica
It was a game to remember, doubly and triply.
“You can’t make this stuff up,” said Mike Trout.
In their first game after the All-Star break, the Los Angeles Angels on Friday paid a poignant tribute to Tyler Skaggs, who died unexpectedly just two weeks ago, They then crushed the Seattle Mariners 13-0 and did it with a combined no-hitter shared by Taylor Cole and Felix Pena.
Oh, and the Angels got six RBIs from Trout and evened their record at 46-46.
Before the game in front of 43,150 fans in Anaheim, each Halo player donned the uniform number 45, in honor of the 27-year-old Skaggs. His mother, Debbie Hetman, threw out the first pitch, a strike right down the middle.
From there, the Angels beat the M’s like a drum, pouring on seven runs in the first inning, adding two in the second and running away with the game from there.
The Mariners sent seven pitchers to the mound in a vain effort to stop the Orange County team’s hit parade.
Trout had three hits – including his 29th homer of the season and a double – and scored twice. Andrelton Simmons had three hits, scored three times and drove in one run. David Fletcher had three hits and scored twice.
Cole served as the opener, working two perfect innings and then gave way to Pena (7-2), who went the rest of the way, striking out six batters and walking just one.
“You feel like it’s partly Skaggsy’s no hitter,” said Angel manager Brad Ausmus. “We certainly felt early on those emotions were lifting us up. Tyler was lifting us up.”
The Angels will try to keep soaring today (Saturday) when they take on the M’s again in Anaheim at 6 p.m. with Matt Harvey (2-4) pitching for the home team.
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