LOS ANGELES -- Phillies rookie Domonic Brown has not started since Aug. 21, but manager Charlie Manuel said he did not consider starting him Tuesday against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium to spark a struggling lineup.
Manuel does not believe a shakeup will help.
His faith paid off early as Brian Schneider hit a three-run home run to right field in the second inning and Ryan Howard hit a three-run home run to center field in the third inning to give the Phillies a 6-1 lead.
"That's our lineup," Manuel said. "I think Domonic is going to be a tremendous player. But if we're going to get it done, that's our team. I believe in that lineup. I think that's the one that has carried us in the past. I've stuck with some guys all year long. I don't see any sense in not playing them now. ... I still might maneuver some, but I look for balance in the lineup. The way it's lineup tonight, it's definitely paid off for us in the past. If we're going to win ... we're not talking about one guy, it's we, it's us. We've got to start scoring some runs."
Raul Ibanez had hit .214 (12-for-56) with four doubles, one triple, one home run and six RBIs in 15 games since Aug. 14. Ibanez had hit mostly sixth or seventh in that stretch. He hit .328 (43-for-131) with eight doubles, five homers and 22 RBIs in 35 games from July 2-Aug. 14, when he mostly third and fourth.
Manuel said that was just coincidence.
"That's what I think," he said. "I think that's just how it goes."
Jimmy Rollins had a .327 on-base percentage this season, but had hit .327 with runners in scoring position. Jayson Werth had a .390 on-base percentage, but had hit .156 with runners in scoring position. Manuel said he has not seriously considered moving them in the lineup.
"I don't know what good that'd do," Manuel said of moving up Werth. "Is he going to steal bases for us? I've got all the stats on that. I'm not saying I won't do it because I have done it in the past. I think when you look at our lineup and our team, you look at what's worked for us in the past. That's been consistent for three or four years. Why can't it be consistent again? It was consistent the first two weeks of the season."
So for the time being Manuel is trusting his lineup will click before it's too late. It worked Tuesday.
"We're definitely very capable of outplaying anybody in the National League," Manuel said. "It's up to us to go do it. That's why I think staying positive and staying the course is where it's at. I think we've got our team on the field. Now it's time for us to do it."