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Arizona Diamondbacks: Four Takeaways from Game 3

By Joseph Jacquez
Apr 5, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Fernando Rodney (56) celebrates with catcher Chris Iannetta (8) after beating the San Francisco Giants 8-6 at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 5, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Fernando Rodney (56) celebrates with catcher Chris Iannetta (8) after beating the San Francisco Giants 8-6 at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 5, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks center fielder A.J. Pollock (11) celebrates with teammates after scoring in the third inning against the San Francisco Giants at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 5, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks center fielder A.J. Pollock (11) celebrates with teammates after scoring in the third inning against the San Francisco Giants at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports /

The Arizona Diamondbacks offense rallied again and the bullpen did enough to seal a victory on Wednesday night at Chase Field

It is safe to say that the San Francisco Giants were comfortable playing in downtown Phoenix last season. In 2016, the Arizona Diamondbacks struggled to build a home field advantage, but the Giants created a “home away from home.”

Arizona faced their Bay Area rivals ten times in 2016, and the Giants won nine of those matchups. Over the last five seasons, San Francisco has claimed 12 of 14 series against the Snakes. The Giants offense has been on point through the first three games, hitting .319 with 14 of their 36 hits going for extra bases.

Hunter Pence (.342) and Buster Posey (.335) own two of the top active batting averages at Chase Field. Pence is hitting .400 (6-for-15) to start his 2017 campaign.

Under a new manager and general manager, with some new faces, the team hopes to write a new script against Bruce Bochy’s club in 2017. Two comeback victories fueled by an offensive barrage in the middle innings helped the Diamondbacks take the first step toward achieving that goal.

A great start can create momentum for the rest of the year, and the Diamondbacks have an opportunity on Thursday to start 3-1.

A.J. Pollock spoke to MLB.com after Wednesday’s win about facing the Giants.

"The Giants are as good as you get,. They just keep fighting and you never, ever feel comfortable with a lead. They just keep fighting. We have to do our best to just keep trying to pile them on."

A great start can create momentum for the rest of the year, and the Diamondbacks have an opportunity on Thursday to start 3-1.

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