Brandon Inge hit his way out of a 2-for-32 slump Tuesday night. (Photo by: David Hague)
When we have watched Brandon Inge struggle to reach base so mightily this season, it’s difficult to see that this is the same hitter who has averaged 15 home runs over the last seven seasons. If Inge has a third defining quality beyond solid infield defense and clubhouse leadership, it is his sneaky good power.
Brandon Inge reminded everyone by crushing Joe Saunders’ belt-high fastball over the left-field bullpen at Seattle’s Safeco Field. His three-run homer was his first since August 1 of last year with Oakland, and put the Pirates up 5-0 in the second inning en route to an easy 9-4 victory over the Mariners. Inge’s still-shoddy OPS leaped from .431 to .504 on the season after a double to the gap.
Though Inge’s shot was the most surprising, it was but one of five Pirates’ home runs and 13 hits off Seattle pitching Tuesday night. That was the most home runs the Bucs have hit i...