Andrew Heaney's first pitch Saturday parachuted into catcher Dustin Garneau's mitt and appeared to cover the outside corner as it descended, even though it was called a ball.

That's such a small part of the story behind the Angels left-hander's delivery, though.

The offering to Astros leadoff hitter George Springer was a looping curveball that was meant to resemble the curveball Tyler Skaggs threw, a pitch Angels manager Brad Ausmus described as "the curveball from the rafters." Skaggs, Heaney's Angels teammate and best friend, died July 1 at age 27.

Heaney's pitch was so slow, the Minute Maid Park radar gun couldn't register a speed.

Heaney told reporters he came up with the idea of mimicking Skaggs' "calling card" and "claim to fame" earlier in the week and then practiced the pitch while warming up in the bullpen Saturday.