Young, Ledezma lead way to 11-3 win

The Tigers broke their losing streak on Wednesday with a win over Oakland, led by another strong pitching performance from Wilfredo Ledezma. Ledezma's transition from Erie to Detroit has been a seamless one, providing the Tigers with a solid presence in the lineup. And on Wednesday, the lineup gave the offensive support to back him up.

Originally, the Tigers wanted to bring Wilfredo Ledezma along slowly - spending all of 2004 in the minors to refine himself and get more innings under his belt. That plan changed when the Tigers needed bullpen help, and changed again when a spot opened up in the rotation, and the Tigers didn't have anyone to take the spot.

Ledezma has proven worthy of the challenge though, as he raised his record to 2-0 on Wednesday. Ledezma pitched 5 2/3 innings, giving up 2 runs with 4 strikeouts. Another pitcher for the Tigers, also formerly of the Erie Seawolves, had yet another solid outing, as Roberto Novoa pitched a scoreless inning of relief, dropping his ERA to a paltry 1.93.

Former Tiger Mark Redman didn't quite show his former teammates his best stuff, as the Tigers got 6 runs off Redman in just 4 innings. The bullpen wasn't able to slow the offense down either, as the Tigers racked up another 5 runs after Redman left the game.

Dmitri Young led the offense, blasting a 3-run Home Run on his way to a 2-for-4 day. Omar Infante also had a big game, going 2-for-5 with 3 RBI, a run scored and a stolen base. The outfield trio of Nook Logan, Marcus Thames and Rondell White also each chipped in 2 hits and an RBI.

For the A's, Jermaine Dye went 2-for-4 with an RBI, while Bobby Kielty also went 2-for-5 with an RBI.

After splitting the first two games, the rubber match takes place Thursday afternoon. Mike Maroth will face Tim Hudson at 3:35pm.


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