Young entered Wednesday's game with two home runs and 15 RBIs, but he had hit five doubles in his last seven games and his .746 OPS was fifth among National League third basemen.
"For a while I was hitting more singles than I normally do, but I will never be taken out of my game plan," said Young, who entered the game with 999 career RBIs. "I just stay with it and stay positive."
Chase Utley, who has been on the disabled list since May 23 with a right oblique strain, is expected to be back soon from his rehabilitation assignment with double-A Reading.
That will force manager Charlie Manuel to juggle his lineup, something he has done considerably.
With Domonic Brown now in the No. 5 hole, Manuel says he is hesitant to have three straight lefthanders - Utley, Ryan Howard and Brown - hit third through fifth. Utley has batted third 26 times this season, but never when Brown hit fifth.
"I don't think our best lineup is Utley, Howard and Brown hitting together," Manuel said before the game against Washington. "Everybody in the NL may go to five lefties in the pen."
Phillies third base coach Ryne Sandberg has come under scrutiny for the number of runners who have been thrown out at home. It happened again Tuesday when Delmon Young was gunned down by centerfielder Denard Span while trying to score from second with two outs on single by Cliff Lee. Young made an extra wide turn rounding third base.
Manuel, as he has recently, strongly backed the work of Sandberg.
"I haven't seen him send a guy where the play says he shouldn't have been sent," Manuel said. "From what I have seen of Ryne, the guys he sent so far, I would have sent every one of them."