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Allen Lessels' On Baseball: Jacobo hopes to prove he belongs in AA ball
Fisher Cat first baseman/designated hitter Gabe Jacobo came up to New Hampshire last summer and made a major bid to stick in Double-AA.
Things didn't go quite like he planned.
"I thought maybe I'd come back here," Jacobo said on Friday at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium. "It just didn't work out that way. They signed some other guys and stuff. Just went down there and I tried to work hard and tried to work my way back up here and finally did. That's just stuff I can't control. I can't worry about that too much."
He hit a home run in his first game back.
And he's been on fire lately.
Jacobo's opposite field, two-run homer down the right field in the third inning on Friday night helped the Fisher Cats rally early in what turned into a marathon, 15-inning, 5-4 win over the Trenton ThunderJacobo had three hits in six at-bats on Friday night and had contributed multiple hits in seven of his last eight games going into Saturday night's rematch with the Thunder. He's hitting .368 with six home runs and 16 runs batted in 30 games with New Hampshire.
Jacobo got to New Hampshire in June last year and, after missing some time with a leg injury, hit .330 in 25 games with eight doubles and a couple of home runs.
A.J. Jimenez had three hits and three runs batted in on Thursday night in a win at New Britain and shortstop Kevin Nolan of Nashua had three hits.
The teams close out their season Sunday afternoon at 1:35 at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.
They finally did when Allenson sent Ryan Schimpf scampering all the way home from second base on Kenny Wilson's single to short right field. He beat the throw and the home team had a much-needed win.
"It was crazy with all those position players coming in," Wright said. "I thought, 'I've got to try and just get as many out of me as I can so hopefully we have an advantage in that department a little bit.' And luckily we came through."
Doyle gave up six hits, struck out three and walked three and was not involved in the decision in the 2-0 loss. He is 1-4 with a 3.59 earned run average in eight starts and has allowed 55 hits, struck out 35 and walked 15 in 52 and two-thirds innings.
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