Nieuwenhuis went 3-for-3 with a pair of homers and four RBI in a 6-1 victory over the Cubs on Saturday. The 28-year-old entered Saturday's game with only three hits in all of July. It's safe to say he's broken out of his slump. This was his first multi-homer game since July 12, 2015 when he hit three bombs with the Mets. Nieuwenhuis is hitting .207 with seven homers, 30 RBI and 25 runs in 213 at-bats.
Nieuwenhuis is out of the starting lineup for the second consecutive game Thursday against Pittsburgh. Nieuwenhuis is 1-for-26 (.038) in his last 11 games dating back to July 4 and has been ceding playing time lately as a result. The 28-year-old will look to get back on the right track when the Brewers begin a home series against the Cubs on Friday.
Nieuwenhuis is out of the lineup Saturday against Reds. He is 1-for-16 over his last six games, and that slump will result in him beginning Saturday's game on the bench. Ramon Flores will get the start in center field and hit eighth against the Reds.
Nieuwenhuis is not in Friday's lineup for the series opening against St. Louis. Nieuwenhuis has started the past two games for the Brewers, but will get a day off Friday. In his place, Keon Broxton will man center field while batting eighth against Jaime Garcia and the Cardinals. Nieuwenhuis will likely be back in the lineup Saturday.
Nieuwenhuis sent 2-for-4 with a three-run homer in Wednesday's 7-0 victory over the Dodgers. The 28-year-old got the Brewers scoring started by blasting a Brock Stewart offering 386 feet to left with Chris Carter and Aaron Hill aboard in the second. It was Nieuwenhuis' third homer in the last five contests, and he's also racked up six RBI over that span.
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