If there were any justice in baseball, Mike Jacobs would have been awarded a home run on the ball he hit in the fourth inning Saturday night. OK, OK, the ball was dropped right in front of the right field wall, but it was a typical Jacobs' rainbow shot. Jake even admired it a bit at the plate, thinking he had hit his 10th homer.
We only suggest he be given (and we do mean given) a homer, because in his last start back on May 7, Jacobs hit a ball that hit the rail above the yellow stripe on the wall in right field. The ball cleared the yellow stripe, which means it is a home run, but the umpire (a Triple A ump who was filling in) ruled the ball in play and Jacobs had to settle for a double.
Jacobs left that game with a tight right quadriceps and made his first start since Saturday. It took him two at-bats to drive one to the wall. He was robbed of an extra base hit in his first at-bat when center fielder Joey Gathright ran down his drive in left-center. Gathright almost robbed Jacobs in the fourth. He ran a mile to get to right center and made a leaping effort at the wall. Right fielder David DeJesus also went for the ball and the two outfielders collided and the ball left Gathright's glove.
Jacobs, who had joked Friday about never being able to hit a triple, ended up at third. It was his first triple of the season.