BOSTON -- Franklin Gutierrez is a man of few words, but a lot of big hits for the Mariners over the past two years. And he delivered both in eloquent fashion in Friday's 8-4 win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park."It was a good day today. What can I
BOSTON -- Franklin Gutierrez is a man of few words, but a lot of big hits for the Mariners over the past two years. And he delivered both in eloquent fashion in Friday's 8-4 win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park.
"It was a good day today. What can I say?" Gutierrez said after cranking out a career-high six RBIs in a 3-for-5 night that included two home runs and a three-run double that landed at the base of the short right-field wall.
And, yeah, the 33-year-old right fielder thought that one was going to sail away as well when it left his bat in the fourth inning of his monster performance against former Mariners teammate Roenis Elias.
"I thought I had it," Gutierrez said. "I need to eat a little more breakfast to hit that one out."
Manager Scott Servais felt that one was headed out as well.
"He came so close to hitting a third one," Servais said. "Great night. Obviously he was seeing the ball really good. The key thing was it was with guys on base, especially that last one with the big double. It's nice to see him get going. When he can mash the left-handed pitchers like that, we're really a different lineup."
Gutierrez greeted his former teammate Elias with a two-run shot in the first inning, drilling Elias' third pitch of the game to dead center for a 2-0 lead on a blast projected that was projected by Statcast™ to land 421 feet away from home plate.
Gutierrez added another run with a soaring blast over the Green Monster on the first pitch he saw from Elias leading off the third, then capped his day with the three-run double.
Gutierrez is 6-for-12 with four home runs and 10 RBIs in three games at Boston over the past two seasons. Of the three multihomer games in his 11-year career, two have come at Fenway in the last 10 months as he hit a pair in a 10-8 win in an Aug. 16 game last year off Henry Owens, which was the last time he set foot in Fenway.
"I was thinking about that today," Gutierrez said. "I guess I see the ball pretty good here at Fenway Park."
Gutierrez said knowing Elias didn't help any because he'd never faced the lefty on the mound, so he was just going by the normal pregame reports. But what he saw in the game made his job easier.
"His pitches were over the plate," Gutierrez said. "When you leave some pitches over the plate, you can do whatever you want with those pitches. And that's what happened."
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