The New York Yankees cruised past the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday, April 15th, with the help of game-changers Derek Jeter and Raul Ibanez. The 11-5 win was extra special due to the fact that the game celebrated the 65th anniversary of the breaking of baseball’s color barrier. All players wore the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson, the first African American baseball player in Major League Baseball. The team also had a pre-game ceremony that included Jackie Robinson’s widow.
The Yankees solidified their lead when they had a four-run inning in the third, which caused pitcher Jerome Williams to exit the game early. The Angels’ pitching staff’s struggle to control the Yankees’ bats was made apparent after Derek Jeter’s line drive in the fourth to bring in three runs and Ibanez’s home run in the eighth.
The Angels made it a three run game in the seventh when Albert Pujols knocked in a run with a single off an ineffective Rafael Soriano, but David Robertson bailed the Yankees out of a bases-loaded jam to escape the inning. Mark Trumbo hit a solo homer for the Angels, his second, into the Angels’ bullpen in the second inning. Chris Iannetta added his second two-run homer of the series in the fourth, a line drive that just cleared the right-field wall. So far, the Yankees are 5-4 this season, and their next game is home vs. the twins on Thursday, April 19th.