Hoping to jumpstart the offense, Charlie Manuel inserts Ross Gload (RF), Greg Dobbs (3B) and Wilson Valdez (SS) into the lineup this afternoon as the Phillies and Diamondbacks settle up starting at 4:10.
Preview: The Phillies, who are hitting just .214 this series, give Gload his first start and insert him into the lead-off spot, followed by Dobbs and then the usual suspects. Manuel said that he had hoped to get Gload onto the field this weekend and what better time than with Shane Victorino struggling; Vic has started every game this season. Valdez also gets his first start in place of Juan Castro, who's out with a mildly strained hamstring. The Phillies are basically stacking the lefties against Rodrigo Lopez (1-0, 3.50), who earned a couple of wins for the Phils last season. Meanwhile, Kyle Kendrick (0-0, 7.24), making his fourth start, is hoping to build on one of the best starts of his career, an eight-inning masterpiece in Atlanta.
Always enjoy the time-honored tradition of playing the bench players on Sunday. The Phillies typically seem to get a lift from it. Enjoy the game and the rest of your weekend.