Heavy-Hearted Angels Win First Game After Skaggs Death


A moment of silence was held before the Los Angeles Angels played at Texas, with the team lined up outside the dugout when Tyler Skaggs was remembered.

Public address announcer Chuck Morgan said the Rangers offered their deepest sympathies and condolences to Skaggs' family, his teammates and the entire Angels organization.

Skaggs weighed heavy on the minds of Mike Trout and all of the Angeles Angels in their first game since death of the much-loved 27-year-old pitcher.

''I can't explain it man. Lost a teammate, lost a friend, a brother.

Just got to get through it,'' a visibly shaken Trout said after the Angels 9-4 win at Texas on Tuesday night.

''It's tough. My first at-bat, I get up there, all I do is think about him,'' added the All-Star center fielder, who was in the same Angels draft class as Skaggs in 2009.

Skaggs died on the weekend, when he was found unresponsive in his hotel room in Texas. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said they are investigating, but no foul play is suspected at this time.

A photo of Skaggs was shown on the huge video boards over right and left field before those screens, and every other screen in the stadium, went dark momentarily.

The entire Angels team and its staff remained on the field together for the playing of the national anthem.

Jonathan Lucroy drove in three runs, and Kole Calhoun capped the scoring with a two-run homer for LA.

The Angels snapped a three-game skid to even their record at 43-and-43.