Newman went 2-for-6 with a walk, two RBI and a run scored in Sunday's extra-innings win over the Padres. Newman came up clutch in this one, driving in a run and scoring one during the Pirates' three-run ninth inning before drawing a walkoff walk in the 11th frame. The 25-year-old shortstop has now hit safely in 11 consecutive games, going 18-for-50 (.360) with five extra-base hits (four doubles and a triple), three stolen bases and a 5:4 BB:K during that stretch.
Newman went 3-for-5 with a stolen base in a 5-4 victory against the Marlins on Sunday. The 25-year-old is flourishing in the leadoff spot. He's currently on a seven-game hitting streak; during that stretch, his average has risen 20 points, and he's swiped three bags. Newman isn't hitting for much power, but he can supply average and the occasional stolen base to owners as long as he remains in the leadoff spot. Newman is batting .315 with 12 extra-base hits, 19 RBI, 15 runs and four stolen bases in 149 at-bats this season.
Newman went 3-for-5 with a double, walk, two RBI and a stolen base Wednesday in the Pirates' 8-7 loss to the Braves in 11 innings. Newman is only slashing .281/.309/.391 out of the leadoff spot this season, but his season-long on-base percentage (.371) and recent form at the plate suggest he'll remain an ideal fit atop the lineup. He's supplied back-to-back three-hit, one-steal performances and will look to keep rolling again Thursday in the series finale.
Newman went 3-for-4 with two runs and a stolen base Tuesday in the Pirates' 7-5 loss to the Braves. Newman didn't need a full nine innings to turn in one of his better performances of the season, as the game was called in the eighth following a one-hour, 48-minute rain delay. The 25-year-old looks to have a stranglehold on the leadoff gig in Pittsburgh with each of his last 11 starts coming out of that spot in the batting order.
Newman is not starting Sunday against the Brewers. Newman is the only natural shortstop on the Pirates' roster after Cole Tucker was optioned Saturday, but he apparently won't be playing every day. Jung Ho Kang starts at shortstop for the first time since 2015.
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