The baseball season's relentless pace forces the Angels to heal while they play, and they went back to work after a somber All-Star break during which Skaggs was honored at the game in Cleveland.
After the final out, the Angels made one last tribute to their fallen teammate, adorning the pitchers mound he starred on with their jerseys.
There was a touching pregame ceremony, where Tyler Skaggs mother delivered the ceremonial first pitch.
The Angels then proceeded to play their heavy hearts out in their first home game since their beloved pitcher's death. I'm speechless. This is the best way possible to honor him.
"You can't make this stuff up", Angels All-Star center fielder Mike Troutsaid after going 3-for-4 with six RBI, the first four coming during a seven-run first. His locker will be kept untouched for the rest of the season, and his competitive catchphrase - "We're nasty!" - is now emblazoned on the clubhouse wall.
"In some respects, sometimes keeping busy can help", Eppler said.
"He's the life of the team, honestly", infielder Zack Cozart said. Everybody has those moments, personal to them. "We're family in here". Whether you're his teammate, part of his family, or just a fan like the rest of us, there's no forgetting what you're seeing right now.
"It's been a tough week. we just support each other. But for a lot of us, seeing each other again is nice".