Ahmed went 2-for-5 with an RBI double and a run scored in Sunday's 9-5 loss in Milwaukee. A day after breaking up Chase Anderson's no-hit bid, Ahmed added two hits in Milwaukee. His RBI double in the eighth inning jump-started a four-run rally for the Diamondbacks, though the deficit proved to be too large. Ahmed has tallied a hit in 12 of his last 16 games, hitting .327 over that stretch.
Ahmed went 2-for-4 with a double, stolen base, two runs and two RBI in Wednesday's 8-6 win over the White Sox. Ahmed entered the lineup for the third time in four games with manager Torey Lovullo giving outfielder David Peralta the day off and turned in his fourth two-hit effort of the month. Though Ahmed doesn't have a direct line to an everyday role, the versatility of Chris Owings allows Lovullo to jostle his lineup as matchups warrant, enabling Ahmed to pick up a handful of starts per week. In addition to giving the Diamondbacks a dependable glove in the middle infield when he starts, Ahmed has also made himself a tougher out at the plate after routinely struggling to provide an offensive impact in his first three seasons in the big leagues. Ahmed's .725 OPS is up 161 points from 2016 and is 91 points better than his career-best mark.
Ahmed is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Padres. Chris Owings will take over at shortstop after five straight starts there for Ahmed. The 27-year-old hit .250 with a .836 OPS over that five-start stretch, recording a pair of solo home runs along the way. He figures to draw back into the lineup Saturday against Luis Perdomo.
Ahmed went 1-for-4 with a walk and a stolen base in Sunday's 6-4 loss to the Pirates in 10 innings. Ahmed has had quite the homestand thus far, despite appearing in only four of the Diamondbacks' last six games. He's had multi-hit efforts in two of his three starts and reached base twice Sunday while notching his first stolen base since April 20. Ahmed still looks like he'll primarily serve in a backup capacity at second base or shortstop while Chris Owings and Brandon Drury are healthy, but Owings' ability to swing over to the corner outfield should allow Ahmed to pick up a handful of starts most weeks.
Ahmed will draw his second straight start at shortstop and bat seventh Sunday against the Pirates. Ahmed logged his first career game with multiple home runs after taking PIrates starter Trevor Williams and closer Tony Watson deep for solo shots in Saturday's 4-3 loss. He will earn another starting nod, spelling Brandon Drury. With four homers already this season, Ahmed has equaled his total from all of 2016, but with the Diamondbacks infield at full health, it's uncertain if he'll be able to flash his burgeoning pop often enough to make waves outside of NL-only leagues.
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