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Arizona Diamondbacks: Four Takeaways from Giants finale

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Apr 6, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Jake Lamb (22) celebrates with David Peralta (6) and Paul Goldschmidt (44) after hitting a three run homerun against the San Francisco Giants in the sixth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 6, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Jake Lamb (22) celebrates with David Peralta (6) and Paul Goldschmidt (44) after hitting a three run homerun against the San Francisco Giants in the sixth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports
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Nick Ahmed (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
Nick Ahmed (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Lethal pinch hitters 

Phil Gosselin was great off the bench last year, but the Diamondbacks have a full cast of characters that have experience as almost full-time pinch hitters.

Jeremy Hazelbaker, Daniel Descalso and Nick Ahmed have proved their worth after one series. Arizona pinch-hitters had eight at-bats across the first four games, one behind the Milwaukee Brewers for the most in majors.

But, Diamondbacks pinch-hitters have driven in four runs in those eight at-bats, by far the most in baseball. Hazelbaker has driven in two runs in two at-bats with a double. Daniel Descalso had the big hit on Opening Day. Nick Ahmed is not known for his hitting, but he drove in two runs.

Add Chris Herrmann, who has two hits in four at-bats, to the mix of bench options and the Snakes might have one of the deepest benches in the game. Pinch hitting is one component of the game that often gets undervalued, but Lovullo did a great job of mixing everybody in.

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