Gutierrez's 473-foot 3-run HR seals deal in Cincy

5/21 at CIN by TOM HAYDEN


The Mariners have been impressive through the first quarter of the 2016 season. Homeruns all over the place to the bullpen closing out ballgames. Everyone on this roster has contributed greatly so far, and on Saturday afternoon, LF Franklin Gutierrez proved his power at the plate to help give Felix and the M's another W. With the win, the Mariners find themselves with a record of 25-17, 1.5 games ahead of the Texas Rangers for a first place spot in the AL West.

Offensively, the Mariners put up 6 hits on the day. LF Franklin Gutierrez (.200 AVG) had a 2-hit night. Guti connected for 3 RBI with a towering 473-foot HR (his second of the year) to left field of the Great American Ball Park, the second longest recorded HR of the 2016 season among all MLB clubs. Also contributing offensively was CF Leonys Martin (.231 AVG), who connected for his eighth HR on the year in the fourth inning, a solo shot. SS Ketel Marte (.276 AVG), 3B Kyle Seager (.258 AVG), and RF Nelson Cruz (.278 AVG) each connected for a hit on the day.

On the mound, RHP Felix Hernandez made his ninth start of the year. Hernandez earned the win, and now has a winning record of 4-3 with an ERA of 2.21. Hernandez went 6.1 innings giving up no runs on 4 hits, while striking out 5 Reds. In relief, LHP Vidal Nuño (1.29 ERA) LHP Mike Montgomery (1.90 ERA), and RHP Joel Peralta (4.42 ERA) closed the ballgame out. Relief gave up no hits, no runs, and struck out 2 Reds combined.

The Mariners will look to complete the sweep of the 15-28 Cincinnati Reds on Sunday afternoon and jump to 26 wins. With the win, it will be the third sweep the Mariners have completed so far this season (Oakland, Tampa Bay). Also, with yesterday's win, the Mariners have still yet to lose a series on the road this year. Catch this ballgame on ROOT Sports NW™ or listen in 710 ESPN Seattle™! LHP Wade Miley (4-2, 4.32 ERA) will make his ninth start of the year facing CIN RHP Alfredo Simon (1-4, 10.34 ERA). Be sure to tune in for the 10:10 AM PAC, 1:10 PM ET start time!

This is Tom Hayden signing off saying Go Mariners! Stay #TrueToTheBlue.