Hitting Ahmed eighth in front of the pitcher makes it easier for pitchers to throw him fewer strikes, and when he does get on base, it limits his ability to steal as teams don't like to run with the pitcher at the plate.
"Running is a big part of his game, so when he's in the lineup, I like him in that nine-hole," Hale said.
Hale really like Ahmed offensively Wednesday night, as he led off the third with his third homer of the year. That proved to be the D-backs' lone run in a 3-1 loss to the Dodgers.
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