Ladendorf gets his break, and makes the most of it
Apr 9, 2015 4:38 PM - The ball jumped off of Tyler Ladendorf's bat Wednesday night the same way it did so many times when he played at Maine West. When the line drive split the gap in left-center field, it was no surprise to see Ladendorf turn on the jets and cruise standing up into third base. The big difference was this didn't happen at a high school, college or minor league field for Ladendorf. It took place at Oakland's O.co Coliseum in a memorable and historic big-league baseball debut for the Athletics in their 10-0 victory over Texas. In many ways, it was fitting for Ladendorf to get a triple in his first major league at-bat. It was a long and hardly easy road for Ladendorf to reach this moment.