Of course Brandon Inge stepped to the plate with the bases loaded in the eighth inning Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park. Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel had just summoned left-handed reliever Jeremy Horst to face Garrett Jones. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle countered with Inge, who recently joined the team after a rehabilitation assignment primarily to aid the Pirates against left-handed pitchers. Inge happened to be a .321 career batter with the bases loaded. Inge singled to score the go-ahead run in the Pirates' 5-3 win against the Phillies and represented the major blow against the Phillies' bullpen after six innings of near silence against Roy Halladay. "These are the reasons why we got him," Hurdle said of Inge, who also hit an RBI double Tuesday in his first game as a Pirates. Pedro Alvarez homered for the second time in as many starts to cut the Phillies' lead to one, and Travis Snider's RBI single off Mike Adams in the eighth tied it. "I think we did a pretty good job of fighting," Alvarez said. "Once the bullpen came in, I think we tried to keep that same mindset of just having some long at-bats and seeing some pitches and really trying to stick to our approach." Vin Mazzaro earned the win in relief and Jason Grilli earned his ninth save. Grilli and Mark Melancon have pitched consecutive games, which may leave Hurdle short-handed in the bullpen this afternoon for the series finale. Adams walked pinch-hitter Jose Tabata to lead off the eighth. Starling Marte reached on an infield single and Snider singled to right to drive Tabata home. Adams walked Andrew McCutchen to load the bases, bringing Inge to the plate. Marte's bloop triple off Chase Utley's glove scored another run in the ninth. "That's what we try to do every game is play to the end, no matter what the score is, and fight," Alvarez said.
Pirates rally to defeat Phillies, 5-3
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Apr 25