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On July 1, during a road trip, Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs died of unknown causes in his hotel room in Southlake, Texas. Last night, the team paid tribute to their beloved teammate in a way that makes fictional tales like Angels in the Outfield look positively ordinary.


The Angels, all donning Skagg’s No. 45 jersey, gave his grieving mother the honor of tossing the ceremonial first pitch… which she threw for a perfect strike.

Then, in the first inning, Mike Trout crushed the first pitch he saw over the outfield wall. And finally, seven Angels pitchers Taylor Cole and Felix Pena threw the 13th combined no-hitter in MLB history.

At the conclusion of the game, in which the Angels scored seven first inning runs on way to winning 13-0 (Skaggs was born on 7/13), players gathered around the mound where they laid their game-worn jerseys. Fellow players took to Twitter to express their amazement at what transpired: