Gutierrez launches 473-foot HR against Reds

Mariners outfielder delivers second-longest HR in MLB this season

May 21st, 2016

CINCINNATI -- Franklin Gutierrez didn't feel a thing, the sweetest feeling for a batter.

Gutierrez hit a three-run home run with one out in the fourth inning Saturday that landed 473 feet away from home plate and provided the most impressive moment in the Mariners' 4-0 victory against the Reds at Great American Ball Park.

"I put a good swing on it. I got into a good hitter's count. He threw me a fastball, and I hit it really well," said Gutierrez. "Only two times in my career have I hit a ball like that where you don't feel anything in the bat. Today I think was the longest homer I ever hit in my career. It's amazing."

It was the second-longest home run hit in the Major Leagues this season, according to Statcast™, behind only Giancarlo Stanton's 475-foot blast on May 6.

"Yes, I think that's the sweet spot," said Gutierrez. "You cannot hit a ball better than that."

Gutierrez's second home run of the season came off of Reds starter John Lamb and had an exit velocity of 112 mph, which is the hardest ball he has hit in the Statcast™ era, with a launch angle of 29 degrees.

"That was unbelievable," said Mariners starter Felix Hernandez, who was the beneficiary by getting his fourth win of the season after pitching six shutout innings. "He hit that one pretty well."

Hernandez also benefited from center fielder Leonys Martin, who hit his eighth homer of the season in the second inning to put Seattle up 1-0. That matches Martin's career high, which came in 2013 when he was with the Rangers.

It was Gutierrez, however, who put the biggest charge into the game. He went 2-for-4, adding a single in the sixth inning. He was also robbed of a hit in the second inning by Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips. It was his first multi-hit game of the season.

"Guti had the big hit -- a really big hit. That's a bomb," said manager Scott Servais. "We were talking about it yesterday in BP and stuff. It's nice to see him contribute. Huge hit. Really swung the bat good all day. We needed it and certainly it was well-timed, because that's about all we got."