When the Angels decided to honor Tyler Skaggs Friday night, nobody could have seen it going as well as it did.
Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room on July 1 while the Angels were in Texas to play the Rangers. A cause of death has yet to be determined.
Friday night, the whole team took the field in No. 45 Skaggs jerseys. There was a 45-second moment of silence. His mom threw out a perfect strike of a first pitch.
That's already enough to get a little misty-eyed, but sports have ways of turning people into emotional wrecks, rather than simply leading to a quick smile.
Mike Trout, who was drafted in 2009 alongside Skaggs, hit a 454-foot, two-run homer on the first pitch he saw. His 28-second trip around the bases was his longest since Statcast was introduced in 2015, according to MLB. The team batted around in the first inning and Trout drove in two more with a double. The Angels led 7-0 after one and 9-0 after two innings.
The Angels weren't done. Félix Peña finished seven innings without allowing a hit and surrendered just one walk. Taylor Cole picked up the slack, retiring all six batters he faced to complete the combined no-hitter.
It was the first combined no-hitter in California since the Orioles did it to the Oakland Athletics on July 13, 1991, the day Skaggs was born. Skaggs would have been 28.