Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg continues to make moves to shake up his lethargic offense that has not scored a run in 20 consecutive innings.
In today’s lineup against Cincinnati Reds RHP Homer Bailey (3-2, 4.72 ERA), Sandberg has moved Cody Asche from his usual eighth spot to No. 6 in the batting order. Sandberg has dropped slumping Domonic Brown from sixth to seventh.
For the second straight game Sandberg has Jimmy Rollings leading off and Carlos Ruiz batting second.
In five games hitting second this year, Ruiz is batting .529 (9 for 17) with four doubles, two RBIs and a 1.431 OPS.
Asche has shown improvement over the first month of the season. After batting .200 with a .584 OPS in March/April, Asche is hitting .300 with a .941 OPS.
Ben Revere, who missed Friday’s game with the stomach virus, is out of the starting lineup again.
Cole Hamels goes for his 100th career win tonight. He last pitched on Sunday, throwing a career high 133 pitches and allowing one run in seven innings during the 5-4 loss in 11 innings to the New York Mets.
Here is the Phillies lineup:
1. Jimmy Rollins, ss
2. Carlos Ruiz, c
3. Chase Utley, 2b
4. Ryan Howard, 1b
5. Marlon Boyd, rf
6. Cody Asche, 3b
7. Domonic Brown, lf
8. Tony Gwynn, Jr., cf
9. Cole Hamels, p