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Arizona Diamondbacks: Five Takeaways from 11-2 Clobbering of Indians

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Apr 7, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder Yasmany Tomas (24) hits an RBI double against the Cleveland Indians during the fourth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 7, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder Yasmany Tomas (24) hits an RBI double against the Cleveland Indians during the fourth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jeremy Hazelbaker (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
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Hazelbaker makes history

Lovullo is going to have a hard time keeping outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker’s bat out of the starting lineup. He is a great pinch-hitter and of course, Tomas, A.J. Pollock, and David Peralta are the regulars, but nobody has gotten Hazelbaker out.

In the eighth inning, Hazelbaker beat out a hard ground ball hit to second baseman Jose Ramirez that deflected off first baseman Edwin Encarnacion. He was awarded an infield hit starting his season 6-for-6 with two walks in eight at-bats and seven total bases.

With those six hits in his first six at-bats, Hazelbaker passed Steve Finley for the longest streak to open a season in franchise history. The baseball is a beach ball right now.

The baseball is a beach ball right now. He is staying with pitches inside and he is hitting outside pitches. Of course, he won’t bat 1.000 for the whole year, but what Hazelbaker has done is remarkable.

A.J. Pollock was out of the lineup, and Chris Owings did not have a great night at the plate, but the offense didn’t miss a beat. The depth of quality hitters on this team is the Diamondbacks greatest strength if they can all stay healthy.

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