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September 27, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Franklin Gutierrez felt dizzy, but now says he’s OK after hitting head in saving catch

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Hard to imagine this in a 9-4 game, but that run-saving catch by Franklin Gutierrez in the fifth inning might have completely changed the course of this contest.
When you look at the context, if Gutierrez doesn’t haul in that drive to right-center by Mike Trout, it’s almost certainly a triple (Trout runs like the wind being chased by the sun) that ties the game 3-3 with nobody out.
Instead, Gutierrez caught it, slammed into the wall and still had the presence of mind to flip the ball to Casper Wells. That almost resulted in the Mariners doubling Chris Iannetta off of first base because he’d already rounded second by the time Gutierrez caught the ball.
“I don’t even know how I caught that ball,” Gutierrez said. “I just ran hard like I always do and I’m just really glad I caught that ball because if not, they could have scored some runs.”
Gutierrez isn’t sure whether he hit the wall with his wrist, shoulder, or head first. He felt the wrist right away while being tended to on the field by trainers.
But it was only later, when he tried to finish off the inning, that he became dizzy. Once back in the dugout between innings, he took no chances and let the staff know he was too dizzy to continue.
With his prior concussion having sabatoged a huge part of his season, he wasn’t taking chances. But he said post-game that the dizziness was gone and he hopes to play this weekend in Oakland.
You see Gutierrez do stuff like that, it makes you pine for what could have been. Or what could still be. That line drive was smoked.
And Gutierrez had almost no time to protect himself as he hit the wall. Somehow, he held on to the ball.
“You don’t think much at that moment, you just react to whatever happens,” Gutierrez added. “As soon as I caught the ball, my instant reaction was to try to toss the ball to Casper because I couldn’t get up.”
Wells said he might have even nabbed Iannetta had he known how far he’d strayed from the bag. But he instead wheeledand fired to the cut-off man, who still nearly threw Iannetta out at first base.
“I wish somebody would have been yelling to me because then, I could have just thrown it directly to first base,” Wells said. “I don’t know. It would have been pretty close.”
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John Jaso today became the seventh Mariners player to record double-digit home run totals, clubbing his 10th. Seattle hasn’t had that many such hitters since the 2000 season, when they had nine.
Jaso had an interesting take on why he’s had so successful a year offensively. He said he’s been able to relax more with the Mariners than he did with the Rays.
“Ijust kind of found myself a little bit this year and I think I’ve actually relaxed a little bit this year, too,” he said after the game. “I mean, its kind of weird the way this game goes with that.”
Jaso said the Rays were more meticulous about pre-game workout schedules and where players had to be at all times. Jaso said he doesn’t like to do much indoor cage work but that the Rays were always requiring him to be there at certain times.
“I hardly ever go in the cage,” Jaso said. “I just take BP. I mean, that’s just worked so well for me and being able to relax and not have to worry about those things, I’ve just felt a little more free.”
There you go. I’d never have guessed that.

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